In a move designed to ease customer burdens and expand its partner ecosystem, McAfee has announced a new programme for technology companies who want to integrate with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO). The McAfee Security Innovation Alliance will provide a set of tools designed to help integrate third-party applications with McAfee’s security and compliance risk management technology.

“Customers deserve easier integration, and it’s up to technology companies to make it happen,” says Chris van Niekerk, regional director: Africa at McAfee. “Vendors need to make sure that their products interoperate and McAfee is taking the lead on making this happen. We believe security should be easy to manage, which is why McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator will work with a wide variety of technologies, not just McAfee products.”
Through the Security Innovation Alliance, McAfee will work with technology partners to deliver integrated, heterogeneous security and compliance optimisation. Additionally, McAfee announced availability of the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 4.0, the cornerstone of the new programme.
“Virtually every enterprise will have multiple solutions securing their environment,” says Chris Christiansen, program vice president at IDC.  “By increasing integration with ePolicy Orchestrator, customers will be able to easily manage their security and compliance. Currently, most companies have too many agents and management consoles to manage their environments effectively.”
Today there are already more than 30 000 McAfee customers using ePO to manage nearly 55-million endpoints. The McAfee Security Innovation Alliance provides application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits for faster integration with ePO. Security Innovation Alliance partners will certify their applications with ePO using these APIs. The programme features a variety of security risk management modules to help partners optimise their applications more quickly.
“McAfee has always worked with other vendors to facilitate the integration of their technologies,” says Joe Gottlieb, vice president of corporate strategy at McAfee. “This new programme provides a formalised way for partners to certify that their applications work in a streamlined fashion.”