Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said Monday that, following the closing of the acquisition, McAfee would continue developing and selling security products and services under its own brand. The company said Intel and its wholly owned subsidiary would also market later this year the "first fruits of their strategic partnership" intended to tackle "security and the pervasive nature of computing threats in an entirely new way."
McAfee ow reports into Intel’s Software and Services Group, managed by Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager, Intel said. McAfee’s president, Dave DeWalt, will report to James, Intel said.
The challenge is to design hardware that can check for malware and virus attacks WITHOUT slowing down the desired activities of the computer AND without creating a parallel processing space that virus writers can bypass by tricking it into ignoring their attacks.
From what I've read, Intel sees the importance of security in embedded systems and has invested to acquire the technology. With attacks being reported on everything from android phones to open source routers, I have to agree that this will be an issue that going forward needs addressing.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.