Intel explains McAfee buy out

For a while the world and its dog has been wondering what Chipzilla wanted with the security outfit McAfee for $7.68 billion.

Now Intel has finally revealed to the world its cunning plan.

According to PC World McAfee will provide cloud security services to protect mobile devices that face malware and cyberattack threats.

Renee James, senior vice president and general manager at Intel’s Software and Services Group said that Chipzilla wanted to offer security products through software and services and will ultimately “bake” security features into its chips, with a heavy focus on providing cloud security services.

At the moment mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are increasingly vulnerable to malware and cyberattacks. This is preventing wide scale adoption of cloud-based services at companies because they are frightened of allowing hacker free-for-alls on their servers.

James said that Chipzilla wants to design security management capabilities into hardware that activate features on mobile devices to communicate with cloud-based consoles and provide security capabilities such as tackling malware and authentication of users.

The big idea is that security will be the main way that users will be able to tell one mobile device from another.

McAfee already flogs mobile and cloud-based security products, provided manageability and security for Intel’s Wind River embedded OS.

Backing security into chips though is another important development. Malware is usually in the software and putting security into the hardware could be a bit of a lifesaver.

The downside for Chipzilla is that most mobile devices are using ARM based processors and different operating systems. This means that punters would also have to show an interest in Intel chips as well as security before the idea will take off.