Intel security is a part of the larger Intel company, and sells many products and services for protecting computers such as security software McAfee. According to a press release from the official Intel website, McAfee was bought by Intel in 2010 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel. The acquisition of McAfee was intended to add world-leading security products and technologies to Intel’s computing portfolio and bring talented individuals focused on delivering products and services which support to make connecting to mobile Internet safer and more secure. Many media outlets in the technology world suggest Intel may be ready to sell McAfee following its sale of Stonesoft next-generation firewall business to Raytheon-WebSense after acquiring it for $389 million. However, cyber security may be a strong area of technology to pursue moving forward.
According to Intel Security’s official website, the company seems to be intensely focused on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services which protect systems, networks and mobile devices for business and personal use around the world. The mission of the company is to give everyone the confidence to live and work safely and securely in the digital world. Intel Security Group (previously known as McAfee Inc) is an American global computer security software company with headquarters in Santa Clara, California. The company’s customers include government agencies, millions of home users, small start up companies and larger enterprises. For home customers, products may be bought online and from retail stores around the world, however for corporate customers this may be customised through consultancy to suit business needs. As well as this, McAfee has Lab researchers who correlate real-world data collected from millions of sensors across threat vectors such as files, the internet, messages and networks in the aim of delivering threat intelligence in real-time to increase protection and reduce risk.
Intel Security may be one of the largest cyber security firms in the world, and there are reasons why this area may be of importance to those who use computers and mobile phones on a daily basis. Many aspects of today’s world include a reliance on the Internet and communication. This may also include providing personal information which may be stored on a home computer or someone else’s system, therefore it may be important to protect this information. Cyber security involves protecting the information on systems, making sure information which is sensitive or confidential is shared only with appropriate users as well as making information or systems available to those who need it. The increased volume and sophistication of cyber security means systems and information may continue to need to be updated in order to keep up with new developments. This highlights the importance of information security as a necessary approach to protecting data and systems.
Alongside McAfee security software, devices with the latest Intel Core processors come enabled with Intel Identity Protection Technology. This technology provides a level of security unlike any other, as it adds an extra layer of built-in security by linking devices with online banking accounts or social and shopping websites. It works by ensuring accounts are safe through linking trusted computer or mobile devices with accounts together. In addition to this, McAfee LiveSafe service provides multiple lines of defense which take advantage of the security technologies already built into the latest Intel Core processors. McAfee products normally come in a subscription form which may be easy for customers to update on a yearly basis. The LiveSafe software may help protect sensitive data and includes a fully secure cloud service which may be secured by voice or face recognition. This kind of technology may represent the rapid progression in the cyber security industry to cater to new developments.
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