MX Logic and McAfee EOL
It’s hard to believe it happened, Intel/McAfee has announced the end of life for what is essentially all their email security solutions. Companies must now prepare for the MX Logic and McAfee EOL, and ensure they have coverage for all the canceled services once supplied by McAfee.
- McAfee Email Gateway
- Email Protection
- Quarantine Manager
- SaaS Email Archiving
- SaaS Email Encryption
- SaaS Email Protection
- Email Protection and Continuity
- Endpoint and Email Protection
While McAfee does recommend a replacement for all their canceled services above; we suggest companies do their own research and compare all options available. Needing to move to a new option anyways, current McAfee users are in the best position to evaluate the security needs of their company and find a perfect fit for their company without incurring additional costs of migrating services thanks to the MX Logic and McAfee EOL.
MxLogic & McAfee: The Timeline
2009: MX Logic is bought by McAfee
MX Logic was bought by McAfee in July 2009 for $140 million USD as an addition to their existing Security As A Service portfolio. However, some users continued to call it the MX Logic Email Security Service, which is why most organizations refer to the end-of-life as both MxLogic and McAfee EOL.
2010: McAfee is bought by Intel
The Intel Corporation purchased McAfee for $7.68 billion USD (approx. $48 USD a share) in 2010; the deal was closed in February of 2011. It is rumored that Intel bought McAfee as a way for them to further their move into consumer electronics such as cellphones and tablets.
2014: McAfee rebranded as Intel Security
In 2014, McAfee was then rebranded as Intel Security, as a way for the Intel to further their brand within the security industry. Intel Security was then offered for free for all mobile phones to help improve their image as a mobile and consumer electronics company.
2015: MxLogic and McAfee EOL Announcement
Only a year after the rebranding, Intel decided that the email security business was not profitable enough for them and announced the MX Logic and McAfee EOL. The company clarified that products will no longer be sold after January 11th, 2016, and renewals for existing customers will not be available after January 11th, 2017.
Service Providers who are supporting the email security as a service option have not been allowed to add new customers since the start of this year and will see the MX Logic and McAfee EOL next year. However you need to check the official dates over on their page.
How the MX Logic and McAfee EOL Effects Your Company
Considering how critical email is to business, and how popular an attack vector it remains for malware, phishing, and data leakage, the one thing that is clear is that businesses cannot afford to have email without some kind of filtering and hygiene system.
While it is never easy to move from one solution to another, we do our best to make the process as seamless and transparent as possible to your users. We offer 24/7 support and an easy to set up a system that allows companies to just set it and forget it.
Every email security company uses different algorithms and heuristics to identify spam, different scanning engines to identify malware, and have completely different pollicies to deal with the two. Both management and users should be prepared for the change so that the process can be as painless as possible. For those companies who are still nervous about the transition, we suggest contacting one of our team members to learn all the ways The Email Laundry can help make your migration a breeze.
When deciding on an email security service we recommend these tips for former McAfee or MX Logic users:
- Check the email security company has all the services you received with McAfee
- Consider the migration process
- Does this company make it easier on you?
- Are there additional services you may want to add on now?
- This may include archiving, business continuity, or encryption
- Do they offer the best protection for your company’s needs
Quick Tips on Choosing an Email Security Company
- Identify how the company is filtering out spam and viruses
- As mentioned above every company uses different heuristics, protocol analysis, reputation analysis, keyword evaluations, ect. Make sure the company you select uses the tools that can evolve and adapt to the ever-changing cyber crime landscape. The best way to identify if a company’s services can keep up with the newest threats is to ensure they write and revise their own code, rather than buying a code from a 3rd party.
- Research how much personalization your company needs when it comes to email security
- While every email security company will offer to put filters and rules onto general email coming in, induvial users in your company may need to add or adjust these. Ensure that your selection allows for personalized filtering through the creation of company and user blacklists and whitelists.
- Discover what happens to emails that are suspected as spam or ransomware
- Once a service has identified an email as possible spam or a threat, how is that email handled? Having a central quarantine and sending out quarantine digest reports allow users to make sure they are not missing any emails that may have been accidently marked as spam.
- Ransomware and Malware scanning should be multi-engined.
- Ransomware is one of the scariest and most dangerous email-borne threats in the industry today, one accidental click from your user can leave your company totally encrypted. Make sure the email security company you are selecting has multiple scanning engines to keep the malware and ransomware out of your users’ inboxes. If you decide on an on-premise solution, keep in mind the price of licensing all those scanners.
- What threat intelligence and analysis does the company use?
- Real-time threat intelligence is currently only offered by a few leading email security companies but is one the most important aspects to an email security service. The current standard of threat intelligence is reactive and can only response to attacks that have already happened, leaving your company vulnerable to new attacks. With real-time analysis service, companies are protected from much more than just reported attacks; this is because the analysis comes in real-time without delay. By identifying factors and features of malicious behavior and attacks, companies with real-time threat intelligence can stop these dangerous emails before they are sent.
While there is much more to consider when choosing an email security company, such as additional services, email system fails and BCP/DR capability, and data loss protection (DLP) regulations, the above questions are a great place to start when deciding on an email security company.
Email is mission critical and the end of life of any service is always fraught. If you are still on MX Logic or McAfee email security services, now is the time to investigate and choose a new service that offers your company complete protection.