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Quick Take: Intel Spins Off McAfee As Synergies Fail To Materialize

McAfee Is Better Off On Its Own Once Again

September 9, 2016

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On September 7, Intel agreed to spin out Intel Security with a new, but old, name — McAfee. This acquisition winds up a cautionary tale to security leaders on what can happen when a tech giant enters the security market without a clear vision beyond creating a multi-line business. Intel failed to create needed synergies between its core business and its security portfolio; now McAfee's solution set re-emerges with lasting damage from a multiyear dismantling of its portfolio and little innovation while part of Intel.

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