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Intel Acquisition To Fundamentally Change IT Security Landscape

Lumension Security : 20 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Lumension believes that Intel's acquisition of McAfee will lead to similar acquisitions as hardware manufacturers seek to emulate this drive into security software
Intel has said that it'll pay $48 a share in cash to buy security software specialist McAfee in a deal valued at $7.7 billion.

Pat Clawson, CEO of endpoint security provider, Lumension comments:

"Intel's acquisition of McAfee will not only fundamentally change the security landscape, it will have a ripple effect throughout industry. With this acquisition Intel is addressing areas that we really need to get better at protecting - smart phones, televisions, medical technology and cash machines. Short term, it gives Intel a competitive advantage but will no doubt make other chip manufacturers, like AMD, consider whether they need to mirror the acquisition.

"For the security industry, it makes the top layer of the security stack - such as Symantec - obvious acquisitions target not only for chip manufacturers but also hardware providers, such as mobile device manufacturers. On the flip side, it could leave a waste land of security companies as mid-sized security companies see a diminishing number of prospective acquirers."
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