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No McAfee technology will appear in Intel chips until 2012

Endpoint model lasts a bit longer
Wed May 18 2011, 14:22

CHIPMAKER Intel has revealed its 2011 roadmap for integrating McAfee technologies into its products with no silicon incorporating that to tip up before 2012.

Following Intel's purchase of McAfee for a stonking $7.68bn last year, the firm has been relatively quiet on its plans to integrate the security technology it acquired. Talking at an Intel investor event, David DeWalt, the president of Intel's McAfee subsidiary outlined Intel's plans for McAfee in 2011.

DeWalt explained how McAfee will provide Intel security at more than just the application layer. Intel has already talked vaguely about its so-called 'secure silicon', however DeWalt talked about McAfee sandwiching the application layer with anti-malware and 'self-protecting agents', along with its Global Threat Intelligence software that is in the cloud.

The first order of business for DeWalt was to say that McAfee will provide 'cross platform' support, meaning that it won't be standardised on Microsoft's Windows operating system. The architecture that DeWalt displayed featured Intel's Wind River operating system, which is a hardened Linux based operating system targeted at embedded applications.

DeWalt said that by the end of the second quarter of 2011, Intel will have integrated McAfee's technology into its Wind River Linux distribution, with an application white list to be implemented at the start of the fourth quarter of 2011. On the desktop, a new McAfee client that is optimised for Intel chips will be released in the third quarter.

The news that McAfee will release a security client that is optimised for Intel chips was no great surprise, but that's not what everyone wanted to hear. DeWalt did say that Intel will launch new client and datacenter products with embedded technology arriving soon, but his presentation lay to bed the conjecture that Intel will bring out any new silicon that includes McAfee technology in 2011.

DeWalt mentioned that Intel wants to expand security from the current 'endpoint' model, where a user simply runs an application that provides pseudo security. He even mentioned that Intel will "utilise and invent new technology to prevent advanced persistent threats". In 2012 the pressure will increase on Intel to do more innovative inventing, after having spent so much to acquire McAfee. µ


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