McAfee: Intel’s former safety subsidiary is again stand-alone

Intel’s former security subsidiary McAfee acts since Tuesday again as an independent company, the chipmaker is but remains involved in the company. Intel had spoken last year for the first time in September to rejoin the Division. Really ride the plans to sell the technology under the brand Intel security, were actually never.

49 percent of the shares will be Intel will keep. The investor TPG get percent of stake for 3.1 billion dollars 51. The reputation precedes TPG, to have to make again relevant brand experience. Christopher Young, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, will lead McAfee as Chief Executive Officer. TPG partner Bryan Taylor acts as Chairman of the Board.

 Intel security that had ' maintained M ' by McAfee in the logo. Now, the chip maker closes the chapter for security software and services. (Image: Intel) Intel security that had ‘ maintained M ‘ by McAfee in the logo. Now, the chip maker closes the chapter for security software and services. (Image: Intel)

Intel had spoken since September about the plans of a boot which previously circulated as rumors . And since that time it had apparently also started to restructure the company for independence. It is now “overnight” the switch was killed as Hans-Peter Bauer, European head of the company, told the AP.

like many other areas of IT also the security market from a fundamental change is affected. Through the decoupling they are trying now to give back the agility necessary for these transformations McAfee. Also the product cycles would be de-linked it. As Bauer is now explained: “We were only a rounding factor for Intel.”

2010 Intel had taken the McAfee 2010 for $7.7 billion. At that time, the purchase seemed to make sense, because Intel wanted to lower anchor security thus in its own hardware products. Even before the takeover, Intel and the safety specialist were business and technology partners.

but also attempts to build a further pillar with regard to security, failed as well as attempting to integrate the chip-level security. That Intel and McAfee would find not quite together, emerged long before. Also by market observers, the purchase was seen skeptical .

at that time would have Bob Walder, analyst at Gartner, rather Hewlett-Packard as a suitable buyer by McAfee seen, because the security appliances would best complement the HPE portfolio. Walder was worried about the future prospects of these technologies.

“Either be set equal or withdraws the development for it, so that they are no longer competitive and gradually phased out”, so Wagner at the time. He saw a third option at the time that the area will be spun off again after the takeover and continues as a private company. Walder: “in case I do not understand the investment of 7.7 billion but, because they would receive what then gets Intel, also through the existing technology partnership with McAfee.”

McAfee is now so completely outsourced. First corresponding rumors circulated in the summer of 2016. And already in the January 2016 were sold to areas at Raytheon Websense . Of them, Stonesoft and SideWinder were affected.

the Finnish Stonesoft had taken over Intel 2013 for $389 million. Stonesoft threats (ATP) specialized in the fight against of so-called advanced persistent. Intel wanted to expand its position in the area of network security through the acquisition. But also here it didn’t make Intel to keep pace with the dynamic development in the market.

 McAfee (image: Intel)

and in the October 2015 Intel Security had announced some security products and services . This included the McAfee email gateway, which was offered as a hardware appliance, virtual appliance and blade server. It was completely discontinued Quarantine Manager as well as the McAfee.

also the sales for SaaS services for encryption, archiving, protection, availability, and protection of E-mail had hired Intel in January 2016.

now McAfee wants to make more attractive the own offerings under their own flag with new technologies such as deep learning, artificial intelligence and other new security concepts. Also, new markets such as the to Internet of things and automotive are addressed more.

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