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MPOWER Americas Cybersecurity Summit 2018 is a Wrap!

This year’s MPOWER Americas was packed with innovative keynote speakers, the MPOWER Partner Summit, tons of sessions, technical deep dives, demos, an Innovation Fair, and much more. Take a look at some of the highlights from this year’s event!

“Together is Power” in Action at Partner Summit

On Tuesday, we hosted Partner Summit, our first event associated with MPOWER 2018. During the event, head of channel sales and operations for the Americas, Ken McCray, took the stage and discussed the road map going forward and new opportunities for partners. He emphasized the important role partners play in McAfee’s strategy to provide threat defense and data protection from device to cloud.

During Partner Summit, we also announced the addition of 17 new partners and 16 newly certified integrations to the Security Innovation Alliance. The program now includes 152 partners worldwide and highlights the need for the cybersecurity industry to work together to handle the challenges of today’s changing cyberthreat landscape.

Before the day came to a close, we announced the winners of our distinguished Partner Awards, which recognizes partners who demonstrate the embodiment of three foundational pillars of the McAfee Partner Program: strategic relationships, profitable partnerships, and driving better customer outcomes.

Day One of MPOWER Americas 2018

MPOWER officially kicked off when McAfee CEO, Chris Young, welcomed attendees and urged everyone to think about the road map to the future we’re building together. He explored three key factors defining that map: the constantly evolving threatscape, the ever-shifting technology landscape, and regulators working to protect individuals and their data as threats and technology evolve.

MVISION EDR and MVISION Cloud Announced on MPOWER Mainstage

At MPOWER, Chris Young announced the latest additions to the MVISION product family: MVISION Endpoint Detection and Response (MVISION EDR), an offering that provides new endpoint security capabilities, and MVISION Cloud, which is based on technology gained via the acquisition of Skyhigh Networks in early 2018.

Vice president and general manager of corporate products, Raja Patel, and principal engineer Ismael Valenzuela took the mainstage to demonstrate how MVISION EDR, as a cloud-native solution, helps human responders detect, remediate, and investigate threats with more speed and agility. Raja Patel said that the goal of MVISION EDR is to reduce the time it takes to detect and respond to threats.

Senior vice president of the cloud security business unit, Rajiv Gupta, then introduced MVISION Cloud. He explained that it’s a cloud-native platform that integrates seamlessly with cloud service providers, giving businesses the comprehensive control they need to enable employees, developers, and partners to be productive, while satisfying customers and accelerating business.

Day One keynotes wrapped up with a compelling talk by acclaimed journalist and historian Walter Isaacson. He was then joined by McAfee CMO, Allison Cerra, for a fireside chat. They discussed innovation, collaboration, and networking.

Day Two of MPOWER Americas 2018

Chris Young started Day Two of MPOWER talking about how MVISION’s management-led, cloud-delivered tools answer the call of today’s constantly evolving threatscape. He emphasized that MVISION optimizes our customers’ resources so they can spend more time running their security programs and fighting adversaries

Following Chris Young’s closing remarks, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, shared an inspiring keynote and was then joined by Rob Sloan from the Wall Street Journal for an insightful conversation about data, privacy, and how we can continue to secure the World Wide Web.

Saving the best for last, senior vice president and CTO, Steve Grobman, took the stage to reveal Project Apollo, a pipeline to ingest, redact, and analyze 116 million data points in just five minutes. He said Project Apollo will help McAfee customers increase situational awareness and visibility so they can derive actionable insights by combining what’s coming from their own environment with threat intelligence data collected by over 1 billion McAfee sensors from networks, endpoints, the perimeter, and the cloud worldwide.

Advanced Threat Research Team Reveals Operation Oceansalt

On the last day of MPOWER, our Advanced Threat Research team revealed their latest discovery: Operation Oceansalt, a new cyberespionage campaign targeting South Korea, the United States, and Canada. It uses a 2010 data reconnaissance implant from the hacker group APT1, or Comment Crew, a Chinese military-affiliated group.

Thank you everyone who attended MPOWER Americas 2018. We hope to see you next year!

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