Intel to make BYOD easier with new Android security technology
Intel will release Intel Device Protection technology this year to help Intel-based Android mobile devices meet most security standards and make it easier for corporations to further develop their ‘bring-your-own-device’ programs.
While BYOD has grown in popularity, many firms have excluded Android-based devices that weren’t compatible with their companies’ security requirements.
The move was announced yesterday by Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich during the pre-show keynote for the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show being held in Las Vegas this week.
Krzanich also unveiled the Intel Security brand, which will gradually phase out the McAfee brand of IT security products as new products are introduced over the next year. The company is keeping quiet on whether this move comes from a desire to distance Intel from the increasingly bizarre behaviour of McAfee’s eponymous founder, John McAfee – including his claim that a ‘double’ carrying a North Korean passport with his name had somehow been behind a debacle in Mexico in which he had been accused of murder and running a meth lab.
John McAfee has told the BBC he is overjoyed by the news, saying: “I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. My elation at Intel’s decision is beyond words.”
During the keynote Krzanich said “the complexity of keeping digital identities safe grows as mobile applications and devices become a more important part of our daily lives … Intel’s intent is to intensify our efforts dedicated to making the digital world more secure, and staying ahead of threats to private information on mobile and wearable devices”.
The CEO also announced that Intel plans to offer elements of McAfee’s award-winning security solutions for mobile devices for free.