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Tenable Remarks On Acquisition of McAfee

Tenable Network Security : 20 August, 2010  (Company News)
CEO of Tenable Network Security provides some speculation into McAfee's post-acquisition role
After the announcement by Intel that it has acquired McAfee, Tenable Network Security's CEO, Ron Gula, comments on the implications

"I'm curious to see what Intel's commitment to enterprise security software will be post-acquisition. McAfee is best known for its anti-virus solution, but their large-scale security technologies aren't something I see Intel making use of.

"There are a lot of things wrong with today's anti-virus model such as tracking the sheer number of potential bad types of software. Putting this into hardware may sound promising, but I question how much can be placed into a chip.

"If Intel can move the anti-virus agent into hardware, I'd like some assurances that this can be patched when a security vulnerability is found with it. Anti-virus software is very complex and we often run into customers whose agents are one or two patch levels behind and open to attack. Patching hardware or firmware is much harder than patching software."
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