Anti-virus and security firm McAfee and EMC's security division, RSA, announced this week at the RSA Conference 2011 in San Francisco that they will collaborate on integrated security solutions aimed at making increasingly complex systems more manageable.

Expanding on an existing collaboration that has already yielded one integrated offering, the two firms' newest move is to formally join each other's interoperability partner programs.

"Addressing new, complex and ever changing threats requires a holistic approach to security that closed environments just can't offer. Our open McAfee platforms enable partners, like RSA, to provide better and more secure customer environments," Dave DeWalt, president and CEO of McAfee (NYSE: MFE), said in a statement.

The issue of dealing with integrating security across the enterprise in a holistic manner is not a unique vision.

For instance, HP introduced its Security Intelligence and Response framework this week. HP executives too said that today's security management tools need to take a holistic approach to corporate-wide security.

"Effective security management takes an ecosystem of partners who recognize that no single vendor is capable of addressing the amalgam of threats and security challenges faced by enterprises and end users," Art Coviello, executive chairman of EMC's (NYSE: EMC) RSA unit, said in the two companies' joint statement.

The two firms already deliver integration between McAfee Vulnerability Manager and the RSA Archer eGRC governance, risk, and compliance management platform in order to aid customers in addressing the business impact, policy enforcement and compliance reporting of enterprise vulnerabilities, the statement said.

Additionally, the two have updated the certification of McAfee's Endpoint Encryption and RSA's SecurID 800 hybrid authenticators to work together.

Also, under McAfee's Security Innovation Alliance program, the two firms will "deepen the integration" between the RSA Archer eGRC platform and McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator platform.

Further, the companies said they will integrate ePolicy Orchestrator with RSA's enVision platform -- with the aim of enhancing real-time detection and automated response to attacks.

"RSA and McAfee will both share information about various risks such as security threats, compliance violations, and policy breaches all gathered through their respective platforms," the statement said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing writer at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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