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McAfee to launch MDR platform spearhheaded by DXC

The partnership is set to compete against Cisco Systems, Trend Micro and IBM

McAfee has launched its global Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service, which will be delivered to customers through the cyber security's partnership with DXC Technology. 

With access to the MDR service, DXC can provide its customers with proactive cyber threat detection and help resolve security incidents more rapidly. It will also provide services such as threat hunting and security forensics and investigation. 

"We recognized that while MVISION EDR enables security teams to act faster and with higher precision than was previously possible, it was important to find a partner that could help deliver a fully managed threat detection and response service for organizations that needed it," said McAfee vice-president and chief product officer Ash Kulkarni.

"DXC was selected due to their proven security expertise in threat hunting and forensic investigation, as well as their deep knowledge of endpoint security. We are excited to see our partnership expand into new areas of growth that support these vital customer needs."

The announcement follows McAfee's partnership with Google to provide a new endpoint security management service for Google Cloud.

McAfee and DXC will be joining the competitive market of MDR services, in which businesses such as Cisco, Trend Micro and IBM. However, senior vice-president and general manager of DXC's security business Mark Hughes argues that "threats continue to grow and become more sophisticated", heightening the demand for MDR services.

"It's important to understand that not all organizations have the time nor resources to manage a modern security operations center," said Hughes. "With MVISION EDR, MVISION ePO and McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, we will be able to deliver a leading managed Endpoint Security solution that will benefit from cloud-based analytics with automated AI-guided investigations for efficient triage and investigations, to enable faster response times."

Along with its MDR launch, McAfee also announced that it is acquiring the browser-centric Light Point Security. The news comes after Chris Young stepped down from his role of McAfee's CEO and was succeeded by former BMC Software leader Peter Leav.

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