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After announcing a deal to acquire antivirus developer McAfee Inc. for approximately $7.68 billion in August of last year, Intel Corporation has confirmed yesterday that the acquisition of McAfee is complete.

Intel and McAfee plan to bring the first fruits of their strategic partnership to market later this year, with the intent of tackling security and the pervasive nature of computing threats in an entirely new way. How they will do this is not yet known. 
 
Intel and McAfee believe today's approach to security does not adequately address the billions of new internet-ready devices, including PCs, mobile and wireless devices, TVs, cars, medical devices and ATM machines. With the surge in cyber threats, providing protection to a diverse online world requires a fundamentally new approach involving software, hardware and services. 
 
Together the two companies will work to help people more securely take full advantage of the potential of computing and connectivity.
 
McAfee will continue developing and selling security products and services under its own brand. But as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, McAfee reports into Intel's Software and Services Group. 
 
"In the past, energy-efficient performance and Internet connectivity have defined computing requirements," said Renée James, Intel senior vice president and general manager. 
 
"Intel has added security as a third pillar of what people demand from their experiences with personal computers and other connected devices. Security challenges put the future potential of computing at risk. The acquisition of McAfee adds not only world-leading security products and technologies to Intel's computing portfolio, but also brings incredibly talented people focused on delivering products and services that help make connecting to the mobile Internet safer and more secure."

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