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Artificial Intelligence in McAfee Total Protection

Protect your Devices

McAfee Total Protection delivers multi-device security and includes features to protect your privacy and identity. It combines antivirus with advanced malware detection and prevention tools to help you stay safe online.

In lab tests conducted by AV-Test, McAfee scored 100 percent in the zero-day test and 99.8 percent in the widespread malware test. It lags behind Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton in the overall malware-detection tests.

Real-time Detection

When it comes to protecting your digital environment from malware, AI makes a big difference. It’s a key ingredient in a comprehensive antivirus security solution, allowing it to detect threats that may not show up as a signature or footprint.

This is a huge advantage over traditional methods of detection, which only account for the threat landscape that exists at any given time. This includes new malware, or zero-day attacks, for which there are no known defenses against.

To counter this, McAfee uses patented machine learning to turn the tables on cybercriminals. Using it, McAfee identifies and analyzes patterns in malware behavior and then applies this knowledge to all users in real-time.

To that end, the company’s Investigator product was designed to help SOCs sort through the massive amounts of data that accumulate in their systems every day. Its artificial intelligence functions include decision-making with deep learning, pre- and post-execution machine learning, and a kind of “machine learning with reach,” which utilizes information from 300 million McAfee sensors around the world to inform its algorithms.

Predictive Analysis

McAfee Total Protection defends against threats at the point of attack by identifying and analyzing malware behavior. This enables it to detect and block mutated forms of malware that traditional antivirus systems miss.

New online threats proliferate at an incredible rate, and they are constantly evolving to avoid detection by legacy threat detection systems. Using patented AI technology, McAfee’s predictive analysis monitors and learns to identify these new and emerging cyber threats before they affect your business.

Even though it’s been a while since John McAfee left the company (which was renamed from Intel Security to McAfee), the company still bears his name in its products. McAfee recently released a new tool called Scam Protect that uses a combination of artificial intelligence and human threat intelligence to automatically scan and notify users of phishing URLs in text messages before they click on them. This is a major step in the fight against phishing scams, which are currently the top cybersecurity threat worldwide with a new phishing site created every 11 seconds.

Scam Detection

When it comes to protecting devices, files, and data, McAfee Total Protection does it all. It combines hardware-enhanced security technologies, smart scanning, advanced anti-malware, and mobile protection with powerful cloud-based threat intelligence to stop cyberthreats where they live. Plus, it delivers superior performance without slowing down devices and features a single pane of glass with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) for visibility.

With McAfee patented AI, users get notified of scam text before they open the message. This feature scans URLs in texts to prevent users from clicking malicious links that could lead to phishing sites.

This scam detection also identifies and blocks fake pop-ups that look like they are from McAfee. Scammers use these fake pop-ups to trick victims into believing their computers are infected with viruses and then redirect them to phishing pages set up by cybercriminals. This is another example of how McAfee’s artificial intelligence detects threats that might slip past legacy antivirus systems.

Malware Detection

McAfee announced a series of new AI functions for its endpoint security products at its first MPOWER event since being spun out from Intel. These include Investigator, an analytics platform that combines both artificial intelligence and machine learning to sift through the massive amounts of data accumulating in most SOCs on a daily basis.

This service can prioritize threats and provide actionable insights that help human analysts respond more quickly and effectively. For example, it can weed out known threats to allow machine learning algorithms to focus on zero-day malware.

In addition, it can automatically identify and stop malicious phishing links by analyzing their behavior in real-time. In fact, the phishing protection built into McAfee Total Protection can prevent users from even clicking on a link by identifying suspicious patterns.

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