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Financial Times reported. Intel acquired McAfee for nearly $7.7 billion in February 2011. The move comes two weeks after cybersecurity rival Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) agreed to acquire Blue Coat Inc., the #1 market share leader in web security, for $4.65 billion from private equity firms Silver Lake and Bain Capital, as reported by ExitHub. In May, Intel’s venture capital arm, Intel Capital, was said to have engaged UBS Group AG (NYSE: UBS) to explore the sale of nearly a quarter of its portfolio companies, in a deal valued at $1 billion. “As part of my review of the Intel Capital business, I have commissioned a review of our portfolio,” said Intel Capital president, Wendell Brooks, in May. Intel Capital later appears to have changed its plans. In November 2015. Intel Security confirmed the divestiture of its McAfee Next-Generation Firewall and McAfee Firewall Enterprise businesses, which were acquired by Raytheon|Websense for an undisclosed amount. The sale was part of a new strategy by Intel Security, unveiled last October at its Focus 15 event in Las Vegas. In October 2015, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based security vendor revealed that multiple products have either been sold to other vendors or are being eliminated, according to CRN. Around the same time, Intel Security also announced the end of life of McAfee Asset Manager, McAfee Email Security Solutions (including McAfee Email Gateway, McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Continuity, McAfee SaaS Email Encryption, and McAfee SaaS Email Archiving), McAfee Enterprise Mobility Manager, McAfee Network Threat Response, McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection, and McAfee Vulnerability Manager and Total Protection For Compliance Desktop. In January 2014, Intel attempted to distance itself from the name of its top security product, McAfee, rebranding its subsidiary as Intel Security “after years of having its name dragged through the mud thanks to the misadventures of its founder, John McAfee,” CNN Money commented. Nearly six years after acquiring McAfee, Intel has not yet completed its original plan “to embed its cyber security functionality on to chips, promising the ability to detect threats at a deeper level” The FT said. “David DeWalt, the chief executive who helped engineer the sale, left to lead FireEye, a next generation security company and his replacement, Mike DeCesare, left in 2014 and now runs another security company called ForeScout. Intel Security is led by Chris Young, a former Cisco senior vice-president,” it added. “Intel has been restructuring its business after it was hit by the declining PC market, announcing plans this year to cut 12,000 jobs in its largest workforce reduction in a decade,” said FT reporters Hanna Kuchler and James Fontanella-Khan. “The company is trying to refocus around selling chips for cloud computing rather than PCs, which still contribute 60 per cent of sales and 40 per cent of profits.” Antivirus Product Market Share [caption id="attachment_432554" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Jan 2015 Antivirus Product Market Share (OPSWAT Report) Jan 2015 Antivirus Product Market Share (OPSWAT Report)[/caption] The above comparison chart only includes data from products with real time protection (RTP) enabled. According to OPSWAT, a San Francisco based software company that provides solutions to secure and manage IT infrastructure, based on data collected on January 2, 2015, Microsoft and Avast are the dominant vendors in its antivirus market share report, despite the exclusion of Microsoft’s Windows Defender, which is an optional built-in feature in Windows 10, and a feature of Windows 8 and 8.1 and “not actively acquired” by the user. All other vendors (including McAfee VirusScan with a 3.6% market share, and its Enterprise version with a 2.2% share) show a single-digit market share, including Avira Free Antivirus, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, McAfee VirusScan, and Symantec Endpoint Protection. When combined, products that did not make the top ten in the rankings still make up a sizable 35% share of the market. OPSWAT is not a research institution and makes no claims on the accuracy of this data in the real world marketplace. [caption id="attachment_432556" align="aligncenter" width="759"] Jan 2015 Antivirus Vendor Market Share (OPSWAT Report) Jan 2015 Antivirus Vendor Market Share (OPSWAT Report)[/caption]]]>