McAfee has tied its next generation of firewall products into its ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) management software. The security vendor has also opened up ePO to integrate third-party partners’ products into the management frame.

McAfee Firewall Enterprise (formerly Sidewinder), McAfee Firewall Enterprise Control Center and McAfee Firewall Enterprise Profiler were designed to be more easily managed from ePO, and according to McAfee, older generations of firewalls are too difficult and expensive to manage. By tying firewall software into ePO, the idea is make it easier and more cost-effective to manage it.

Now that the firewall products are integrated into the ePO management software, IT administrators can get reporting, status and monitoring of firewalls through a single pane of glass, said Greg Brown, senior director of product marketing for network defense at McAfee.

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