Intel, McAfee Investing in Network Security; Strength through Acquisition

Some days you just feel lucky. This is one of those days. Since I’ve been with McAfee, I’ve had the privilege of being part of some of the most innovative and exciting milestones in online security – and today’s news is icing on the cake.

I am excited and honored to share that McAfee has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Stonesoft Oyj, a leading innovator in next-generation firewalls. If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I am constantly blown away by the innovation and expertise of the McAfee engineers and developers. For the last year, I’ve shared all the latest advances in our Network Security Platform, our competitive differentiators, and our positioning in the market. I’ve been so proud of our successes.

Now, it’s just getting better. McAfee already designs and deploys a high-assurance firewall, which provides protection to the world’s most critical networks including government agencies. With this acquisition, I am extremely confident that we can deliver a next-generation firewall with the cutting-edge, technology from Stonesoft that is designed to meet the needs of an entirely new larger enterprise segment.

I’m also proud of Intel, our parent company. Intel is an incredible powerhouse in the world of technology and this solid investment proves that network security is, in fact, vital to Intel and a core foundation in its third pillar of computing. This is also a confidence-builder for our enterprise customers who value our solutions and for the teams that spend their days and nights strategizing ways to deliver the best network security products on the market.

With Intel’s backing, we can now provide two leading firewall solutions that will be a critical layer in our Security Connected strategy. This investment in Stonesoft will also allow us to focus our resources on evolving our IPS platform to be the market-leading solution to help businesses defend against the most sophisticated and advanced threats. Couple IPS and firewall with our advanced threat intelligence, threat evasion expertise, and leading web and email protection solutions, and there is no question McAfee will be leading the way in the network security space.

Stonesoft is also passionate about security. And, like McAfee, this commitment and passion has led to notable successes. Together, once the acquisition closes, we will design and deliver network security solutions that will stand alone in a new market space. There is no time like the present to create a more secure future. I’m really looking forward to being part of it.

You can read the complete press release here

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