What Is McAfee ePO Agent?

By Connie s Owens

The many security threats to computer systems require several software programs to protect sensitive information and keep the computer running smoothly. It takes time and effort to configure each software program, monitor and ensure that each one is kept up to date. McAfee ePO offers you a way of simplifying your security management issues.

The Facts

EPO stands for ePolicy Orchestrator, an integrated security software program designed to integrate the numerous security programs used by companies. McAfee ePO is created to provide real time monitoring of security programs by providing an interactive single console that allows the user to configure each security program. McAfee ePO is security management technology that improves protection and the reduction of the threats corporations face. McAfee ePO makes it easier to protect entire networks, providing the ability to integrate services such as Web browsing and email across your organization.


It is important to protect your computer from viruses, hackers and other issues such as spyware and adware. This means installing different programs to meet each of these needs, including firewalls and anti-virus software. McAfee ePO makes it easier to configure, monitor and publish reports about threats, attacks and protection status. The McAfee ePO console is the one console that interfaces with each software program at a single point of contact. According to McAfee, companies who use McAfee ePO to manage their security systems will save time, money and human resources.


The McAfee ePO offers a web based console that can be accessed from any computer this eliminates the need to install the software on multiple computers. Because the McAfee ePO is Web-based the dashboard opens in a browser, reports are created and accessed easily and users can customize the dashboard according to need. Managing systems is easier as McAfee ePO improves the usability of directories through synchronization. Automate and create actionable reports as well as export to the required formats for distribution and ease of access. McAfee ePO makes it easier to update security policies and stay in touch with the ongoing security changes.


To operate the McAfee ePO server the following requirements should be met: necessary hard drive space--1GB is recommended unless you're upgrading from an early version, in which case a maximum of 2GB is recommended. Your computer should have a minimum of 1GB or RAM. However, to keep your system from operating sluggishly the ideal would be 4GB. The ideal operating system to use with McAfee ePO will be Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1/2 and 32 bit or Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4. The best cpu would be the Pentium III-class of 1 GHz or greater, with a multiprocessor or dual core. The client computers would require similar configurations. However, McAfee ePO will work with Windows XP, 2000, 2003 or Vista. You will need Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher to use the Web console. Both the client computers and the McAfee ePO Web console operate best with 1GB of RAM, but 512MBs will suffice. See the resources for the manual.


There are many benefits of using McAfee ePO besides cutting costs. Monitoring your entire organization's computer structure is simplified. It enhances the ability to automate everything including security and software updates, creates reports, reduces problem identification and threat response time and provides stronger security risk management.