Intel Targets Cloud Security

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @ 05:03 PM gHale

Intel will use assets acquired from McAfee to provide cloud security services to protect mobile devices that face malware and cyber attack threats.

Intel, which added security as one of its three pillars of its offerings, will first ship security products through software and services and later offer security features via hardware, with a focus on providing cloud security services, said Renee James, senior vice president and general manager at Intel’s Software and Services Group.

Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are increasingly vulnerable to malware and cyber attacks, James said. Intel wants to design security management capabilities into hardware that activate features on mobile devices to communicate in real time with cloud-based consoles and provide security capabilities such as tackling malware, authenticating users and verifying IP (Internet Protocol) addresses or websites, James said.

“In the long term security will be a differentiator for mobile devices,” James said. “The cloud piece is a high-order bit,” James said.

Intel acquired McAfee last year after saying it wanted to bring security capabilities to a number of its products including the low-power Atom chips, which see use in laptops, and eventually smartphones and tablets.

McAfee already offers mobile- and cloud-based security products. Intel is tagging security as the third pillar of its offerings, in addition to power efficiency and connectivity.

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