2020 Hindsight – Top 10 Highlights from McAfee

2020 Hindsight – Top 10 Highlights from McAfee

2020 has been a tumultuous and unpredictable year, where we restructured our lives and redefined how we work and interact with each other. In the past nine months, we saw IT security and the digital world challenged and taken to new heights. Although 2020 has undoubtedly been a year of trials and tribulations, I wanted to share some of McAfee’s top highlights.

The list that follows is drawn from some of this year’s greatest accomplishments.


New Global Managed Detection and Response Platform

At the RSA Conference in February, we launched our MDR platform and our first strategic partner to leverage our MVISION EDR solution to proactively detect cyber threats faced by customers and resolve security incidents faster. Our MDR service with DXC Technology provides 24/7 critical alert monitoring, managed threat hunting, advanced investigations, and threat disruption 365 days a year.


Cloud Risk & Adoption Report: Work-from-Home Edition

With the new work from home environment, we released a report uncovering a correlation between the increased use of cloud services and collaboration tools, such as Cisco WebEx, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Slack during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with an increase in cyber-attacks targeting the cloud.


MVISION Cloud Becomes First CASB to Receive U.S. Government’s FedRAMP High JAB P-ATO Designation

To support today’s U.S. governments race to modernize its IT infrastructure in the constantly evolving threat landscape, McAfee has pursued and received a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization designation for McAfee MVISION for Endpoint at the moderate security impact level. Learn more here.


Election Website Security Shortcomings

Ahead of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, we released a survey revealing a severe lack of U.S. government .GOV validation and HTTPS encryption among county election websites in 13 states. The January 2020 survey found that as many as 83.3% of these county websites lacked .GOV validation across these states, and 88.9% and 90.0% of websites lacked such certification. Subsequently, reports emerged from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations and the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, which compelled us to conduct a follow-up survey of county election websites in all 50 U.S. states.


Industry’s First Proactive Security Solution to Help Organizations Stay Ahead of Emerging Threats

MVISION Insights provides actionable and preemptive threat intelligence by leveraging our cutting-edge threat research, augmented with sophisticated AI applied to real-time threat telemetry streamed from over 1 billion sensors. The integration of MVISION Insights significantly enhances the capabilities of our award winning endpoint security platform by managing the attack surface, preventing ransomware and aiding security teams to easily investigate and respond to advanced attacks.


Threat Actor Evolution During the Pandemic

Our McAfee Labs team released a report examining cybercriminal activity related to COVID-19 and the evolution of cyber threats in Q1 2020. The team saw an average of 375 new threats per minute and a surge of cybercriminals exploiting the pandemic through COVID-19 themed malicious apps, phishing campaigns, malware, and more. Read the full report Q1 2020 here, and feel free to enjoy the bumper edition of the McAfee Labs Threats Report: November 2020, here.



McAfee announced CNAPP, a new security service that combines solutions from Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and Application Protection into a single solution. Now in beta with a target launch date of Q1, 2021, we built CNAPP to provide InfoSec teams broad visibility into their cloud native applications.


Taking Threat Detection and Response to a New Level

At MPOWER 2020, we announced McAfee XDR, a complete platform that provides SOCs visibility into how threats are impacting your key business processes, prioritizes  response and delivers a full-integrated platform of security technologies. Our AI and Big Data analytics capabilities supplies SOCs with threat and campaign insights before an attack changes course, to avoid wasting time chasing false positives. Defenders get fewer and more meaningful alerts, making it easier to prioritize their response based on the severity and potential impact of a threat.


Expansions to McAfee’s MVISION Platform

Continuing on MPOWER’s momentum, we launched MVISION Marketplace, MVISION API and MVISION Developer Portal, allowing customers to quickly and easily integrate McAfee and trusted SIA partner applications as well as privately developed applications within their current security environment. The launch enables security teams to swiftly address security gaps in their architecture and easily improve security posture.


McAfee Goes Public

On October 22, 2020, McAfee rang the bell on NASDAQ and officially became a publicly traded company again. It was a momentous occasion for the company and all our dedicated employees and partners. A huge thank you goes out to our employees for their support and invaluable contributions in helping McAfee reach this milestone We’re excited for the future!

Thank you to our wonderful employees, partners and customers for helping us achieve our goals and we look forward to working with everyone in the new year!

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