McAfee Teams Up with Intel

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 22, 2008

McAfee has announced that it will extend its security products to Intel-based laptops and mobile internet devices

McAfee will provide integrated data encryption for laptops and integrated mobile content security for MIDs-based on the Intel Atom processor Z5XX series and Moblin-based software. Additionally, McAfee announced plans to integrate McAfee’s security encryption with Intel’s anti-theft technology and active management technology to protect the data on a laptop in the event that it is stolen and an unauthorized user tries to access it.

Mobile internet devices are becoming popular in the industry as they enable the rich PC Internet experience in pocketable devices while running light weight operating systems such as Moblin Linux. Service providers see Moblin-based MIDs as a new way to deliver content and services to subscribers.

As MIDs rely on the open Internet to bring applications and services to people, they will be susceptible to similar security challenges as the PC, said McAfee in a media statement

“Intel’s low power technologies, in combination with McAfee’s experience in security solutions, should enable a more robust and secure solution for our customers,” said Pankaj Kedia, director of global ecosystem programs in Intel Corporation’s Ultra Mobility Group.

This latest security initiative will place McAfee data encryption on the Intel VPro hardware, leveraging Intel’s Anti-Theft Technology to disable laptops booted without authorization. If a laptop is lost or stolen the device will automatically shut down when the unauthorized user tries to access the data.

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