McAfee SMB packages an opportunity for resellers

McAfee SMB packages an opportunity for resellers

McAfee has packaged its latest security offering with resellers in mind.

The company is presently traveling around Australia educating partners on its new security bundle, McAfee Total Protection, which will be made available to both SMB and enterprises later this month.

Asia-Pacific Marketing Director, Allan Bell, said McAfee Total Protection for Small Business had particular appeal for resellers as it allows them to monitor security on the behalf of SMBs.

"SMBs typically lack the skills to manage their own IT security," he said.

"The reseller is the IT department for these businesses," he said. "They go into the small business and fix things. The customer already trusts that reseller. To have them look after security is a logical step."

McAfee Total Protection replaces McAfee Managed VirusScan plus AntiSpyware. McAfee Total Protection for Small Business provides desktop and server antivirus, desktop anti-spyware and desktop firewall. The Advanced version includes mail server filtering and 'spam in the cloud' filtering where mail is monitored before hitting mail servers.

All solutions are managed through a Web-based management console.

By being able to manage the security remotely, resellers can take charge without needing to be on premises.

By adding updates and patches, resellers could also generate additional billing, Bell said.

The enterprise version of McAfee Total Protection provides antivirus, anti-spyware, desktop firewall, host intrusion prevention, scanning for mail servers and a gateway antivirus. The advanced version includes network access control.

Bell said the value for resellers of the enterprise product is in consultancy. With so many of the security product offerings being new technologies, resellers who invested in security skills could help customers deploy these enterprise offerings, Bell said.

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