I thought you may be interested in the reaction from Juan Santana, CEO of Panda Security, on Intel’s unexpected $7.68 billion acquisition of McAfee this morning.
“It is an unexpected move that highlights the importance of IT security and underscores the health of the industry going forward. In a world where most appliances and gadgets that consumers use have some kind of Internet connectivity, security becomes a differentiator.
Intel recognizes this and they have taken a step forward to position themselves well for this evolution. Computer security can’t be ignored and this move highlights once again the need for it to be top of mind for consumers. We don’t expect any changes in the offering to consumers as a result of the transaction.”
My personal opinion (based on past experience with McAfee’s products) is that this won’t help Intel’s reputation any.
But we’ll see what the market says.