Intel Security sets up strategy, ecosystem, architecture for McAfee independence

A series of products and a integrated strategy sets McAfee to become an independent company in the second quarter.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Intel Security outlined its strategy, architecture, key partners, and a series of products as it preps to become McAfee and a standalone company.

At its Focus 16 conference, Intel Security launched an architecture that ties together its four key systems for endpoints, data protection, data center, and cloud and security analytics.

Intel Security announced 10 products driven by machine learning malware classification and cloud advanced threat protection.

Chris Young, chief of Intel Security, said the company wants to automate and orchestrate security infrastructure.

For Intel Security customers, the company's strategy is critical. Intel is spinning off its security unit in a deal with TPG valued at $4.2 billion. TPG will own 51 percent of the security unit, which will be known as McAfee. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.

The integration strategy breaks down like this for McAfee.

  • Dynamic endpoints via McAfee Endpoint Security 10.5 and McAfee Active Response 2.0. These systems include threat protection, machine learning, analytics, and dynamic tracking.
  • Data protection as a service. McAfee is including a cloud access security broker that unifies services with a centrally managed system. Unified policy and incident management are included in McAfee software for mobile email, web gateway cloud services, and data protection tools.
  • Data center and cloud defenses. McAfee is aiming to secure servers and virtual networks to unify threat intelligence and orchestration of responses with platform such as VMware and OpenStack.
  • Intelligent security operations to manage remediation and monitoring via malware detection, a new interface, and threat management.

In addition to those areas, McAfee launched a Data Exchange Layer (DXL) that will be opened via partners and integrated with hardware in the field. This DXL layer will include an alliance with partners such as Check Point, HP Enterprise Aruba, Huawei, and MobileIron.

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