Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Aug 2010 17:54 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Intel Chalk this one up on the 'uh, what?'-list of acquisitions. Intel announced today that it has acquired Mcafee, the security and antivirus company we all know and love. The press release is a bit vague on why, exactly, Intel made this rather odd acquisition.
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McAfee also does network security
by mbpark on Thu 19th Aug 2010 18:58 UTC
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One market that Intel has been getting into has been the networking market. They already sell some of the top-performing Gig and 10Gig network cards out there.

They have also been looking at the security market.

McAfee has Safeboot, which is their data at rest encryption solution. They also have IntruShield IDS/IPS, and they also probably still hold patents from their spinoff, Network General, for Sniffer. They also make firewalls and proxy servers for large enterprises.

McAfee also has their own Data Loss Prevention product similar to Symantec Vontu.

When you wrap it all together, you can see that Intel is probably looking at them to provide security at very low levels, and to sell a line of highly accelerated products for proxy servers, data loss prevention, sniffing, and endpoint security. Symantec does not have the luxury of having all of these components, or the ability to customize hardware, in-house.

This makes sense because high-speed DLP or network sniffing requires very tight integration with hardware and software. Linux provides the OS. Intel can provide device drivers and in-depth configuration to make it all work together.

This is not good news for Symantec.

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