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McAfee provides 'vision,' but few details on Intel-specific security push

Antone Gonsalves | Jan. 9, 2013
Gearing the product to work 100 percent only on Intel-based smartphones and tablets is a problem because few use the company's chips, one analyst notes

McAfee has released business products that tap into security embedded in Intel hardware. For example, Deep Defender is McAfee technology that sits between the processor and operating system to detect rootkits, hidden malware that's often installed on the OS kernel or the Master Boot Record. Deep Defender is built on technology called DeepSAFE, developed jointly by McAfee and Intel.

Intel has said that it hopes security features from McAfee would help the chipmaker differentiate its mobile chips from ARM, which dominates the market for smartphones and tablets.


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