McAfee-Intel Merger Could Be Big Step Towards Better Smartphone Security

Sue Marquette Poremba
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Smartphone Security Gaps

IT staff need to be just as vigilant with company-issued phones accessing the network as they are with computers.

Maybe I worry about smartphone security too much, but with malware being found in Androids, the lack of security options for smartphones and knowing how easy it is for someone to lose a phone (or the one time I saw someone pick up and start to use someone else's phone by mistake because the phones were identical), I don't think so.

 

But I've been excited by news I've been reading lately -- like how the McAfee and Intel merger could bring a positive change to the way we think about smartphone security.

 

According to an article in eWeek, Intel plans to build security features right into microchips for embedded devices and to provide cloud security for the mobile devices, as well. The article reported:

Intel wants to build security management capabilities directly into hardware that would allow mobile and other endpoint devices to communicate in real time with cloud-based services. The services will provide up-to-date protection for the devices including detecting and blocking malware, authenticating users, and verifying IP addresses and Websites.

To do this, McAfee will work closely with Intel's Wind River division, which specializes in embedded software platforms. According to an article on SearchSecurity.com:

[The] chip-based security will give McAfee the ability to sit inside the OS kernel to detect targeted attacks, including rootkits and other malware that attempt to hide from traditional signature-based technologies.


Quoting McAfee President Dave DeWalt, the SearchSecurity.com article added that Intel will remain open to working with other companies beyond McAfee. This is definitely exciting and promising news for mobile security.



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