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  (Source: Digital Trends)
Intel hopes acquisition will help its "hardware enhanced security" efforts

Intel, the world's largest maker of computer processors, on Thursday announced news that shocked the tech world.  The firm would be acquiring antivirus software vendor McAfee at a price of $48 USD per share, for a total acquisition price of $7.68B USD.

Assuming the deal receives Federal Trade Commission approval, McAfee would become an Intel subsidiary, folding into the company's Software and Services Group.  

Intel made it clear that one major reason for the acquisition was to expand its wireless security offerings.  Intel, a major maker of wireless chipsets, believes that the industry is failing to address mobile security even as the market explodes with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO, comments:

With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online.  In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences."

The addition of McAfee products and technologies into the Intel computing portfolio brings us incredibly talented people with a track record of delivering security innovations, products and services that the industry and consumers trust to make connecting to the Internet safer and more secure.

The acquisition also will allow Intel to expand what it calls "hardware-enhanced security".  Similar to Intel's hardware-enhanced virtualization technology, the idea here is to directly implement security features in hardware, an approach that can offer energy savings and faster performance.  

States Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager of the company's Software and Services Group, "Hardware-enhanced security will lead to breakthroughs in effectively countering the increasingly sophisticated threats of today and tomorrow.  This acquisition is consistent with our software and services strategy to deliver an outstanding computing experience in fast-growing business areas, especially around the move to wireless mobility."

McAfee is coming off a strong year in 2009, in which it earned a total revenue of $2B USD, the most of any dedicated security firm.  The company was founded in 1987 and is based out of Santa Clara, Calif., the same location as Intel's headquarters.  Intel was founded in 1968.

The surprise announcement has approved a boon for investors with McAfee shares.  Share prices soared over 50 percent from around the $30 mark to above $47.



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RE: Wow
By StevoLincolnite on 8/19/2010 11:46:23 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Why replace the Windows security center? Why reinvent the wheel?


Love Nod32, Tried PC-Cillin, Kaspersky, McCrappy, Snortin' and they all fail in comparison to Nod32 which is light and efficient.
Most Virus scanners slow down even the fastest of systems with a conventional mechanical HDD, with Nod32 I don't even know it's running most of the time except for the occasional alert.

Regarding Windows Security Center.. I can't say I have ever relied/used it, but my set-up works extremely well so I may as well stick to it. :)


RE: Wow
By xti on 8/19/2010 12:43:21 PM , Rating: 5
windows one isnt bad at all, i rather use it than norton.

but nod32 is godly with its tiny footprint.


RE: Wow
By Exodite on 8/19/2010 1:17:30 PM , Rating: 3
If you enjoy trying out different protection schemes I can recommend Avast. Currently running Avast Internet Security (the one with included firewall and improved heuristics) on our home rigs but the free version is excellent as well.

IMHO anyway, just throwing it out there as an option worth investigating.


RE: Wow
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2010 8:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
One reason to own Avast is just so you can feel like a pirate.

Yar....


RE: Wow
By inperfectdarkness on 8/19/2010 1:21:01 PM , Rating: 3
i've tried AVG, norton, mc-cafe (i'm not loving it), bit-defender/defender-pro (SUCK). also tried f-secure (which i enjoyed using for 3 years). i like kapersky. i'll have to try nod32; but it's hard to imagine having something much better than kapersky.


RE: Wow
By HrilL on 8/19/2010 6:15:12 PM , Rating: 3
I agree 100% Nod32 is the best and we are rolling it out company wide currently. They have the best detect rate and lowest false positives. It uses low amounts of resources and doesn't thrash your hard drive when scanning. Its also programmed in assembly to make it very efficient.

I used to be a field tech and clean Virus infections a lot and Nod32 would find a lot of viruses the big 3 would fail to detect at all.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates














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