Intel’s announcement last week that the McAfee name was being retired was greeted with varied responses but McAfee is and always was a serious security vendor and the always connected strategy is one that plays well in the current threat landscape. At Computacenter we view security across Workplace and Datacenter, network and cloud and as such Intel Security is one of the few vendors that can stake a claim right the way across the organisation. Visibility across this piece with effective correlation of security events alongside the Global Threat Intelligence platform makes Intel Security a great solution if visibility were key.
Vendors get acquired and product names change so what’s different about Intel’s rebranding of McAfee? Well this marks the completion of the integration of Intel and Mcafee’s security organisations and brings two logos that are synominous with computing and security together. In the same conference Intel Security Group announced their intention to make mobile security free later this year. Some components of mobile versions of McAfee software will be free to use on iOS and Android devices, while Intel will introduce Intel Device Protection technology this year to improve enterprise security of all Intel-based Android mobile decisions. This move I have to applaud as malware on the Android platform has been an issue for some time now and it’s long been my assertion that with the increased processing power and unlimited bandwidth of many phone contracts lays open the potential abuse of these platforms for nefarious means.
Fear, uncertainty and doubt aside Intel have the potential to dramatically change the threat landscape and mitigation of the majority of malware on mobile devices is to be applauded – in the commoditised world of mobile phones consumers shouldn’t have to worry about malware stealing information from devices that are increasingly more trusted than online banking apps in a standard browser. It does however beg the question why Windows Mobile 8 seems to be missing from the mix and maybe the answer lies in the integrated security of the platform – only time will tell whether this becomes the next target for criminals and state hactivists.
So what are the implications of a grown up Intel Security Proposition? 2013 was the year in which the market shifted from a prevention strategy to one of detection and mitigation – from “It’s not when you are breached but how soon you detect and mitigate a breach.” From an organisation that drives the global computing evolution I’m expecting great things – imagine a safe internet where computing environments self heal and mitigate against a trusted baseline and where there is no scope for running malware to impact or exfiltrate information. Let’s be honest the only thing that is probably preventing this is sheer computing power – A cohesive Intel Security Strategy promises great things and I look forward to what Intel Security has in store.