Intel Buys McAfee…. Will Their Processors Now Be As Slow As McAfee Anti-Virus?

Okay. I have a question. Why would Intel who makes microprocessors buy McAfee who makes anti-virus and security software for $7.7 billion? After all, there isn’t an clear synergy between the two. I’ll let Intel themselves explain why this makes sense to them:

The acquisition reflects that security is now a fundamental component of online computing. Today’s security approach does not fully address the billions of new Internet-ready devices connecting, including mobile and wireless devices, TVs, cars, medical devices and ATM machines as well as the accompanying surge in cyber threats. Providing protection to a diverse online world requires a fundamentally new approach involving software, hardware and services.

Inside Intel, the company has elevated the priority of security to be on par with its strategic focus areas in energy-efficient performance and Internet connectivity.

Okay. I guess that makes sense. But McAfee Anti-Virus is a great way to slow down your computer. Does that mean that the next Intel processor I get can be expected to do the same? I hope not. So given their rather crappy track record, couldn’t Intel have bought something that’s actually worth the $7.7 billion? Surely there’s other anti-virus vendors who make better stuff that would have cost them a fraction of what they paid for McAfee.

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