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Leaner Intel Security bets big on endpoint and cloud: Jagdish Mahapatra

Yogesh Gupta | June 29, 2016
No other security vendor with broad portfolio can execute entire threat defense lifecycle from ‘protect, detect and correct’ perspective, says Jagdish Mahapatra, Intel Security

Intel Security has gone lean in terms of its enterprise product portfolio.

The tech giant in past couple of months has announced end-of-life plans for McAfee Email Gateway appliance, McAfee Vulnerability Manager, McAfee Network Threat Response Software, McAfee Qurantine Manager, McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management, and McAfee Asset Manager. There are reports of sale of McAfee Next-Generation Firewall and McAfee Firewall Enterprise businesses to Raytheon|Websense too.

ChannelWorld India spoke exclusively with Jagdish Mahapatra, Managing Director, India and SAARC, Intel Security on the company's new strategy and why the security giant is still a force to reckon with in the enterprise market and ahead of the competition.

Excerpts from the interview

Intel Security recently signed its intention to sell its McAfee Next-Generation Firewall and McAfee Firewall Enterprise businesses to Raytheon|Websense. What is the rationale? 

First and foremost, we have still not made the public announcement. The talks are on with Raytheon Websense and I cannot comment more on it.

We feel the evolution of the network and hence firewall is headed in a very interesting direction. You have the corporate network here with all basic series web, email, end point; then you have IPS and then there is firewall at the entry and exit point. So far, most of the users would be inside the network and the installed firewall takes care if someone accesses the outside world. Moving forward the network with this perimeter being defined firewalls have reached the best level of stretched innovation.

Moving forward, we see IoT, wearables etc will not go to the corporate network. It will go to the cloud. Intel security view that whether it is amazon, azure of any cloud service provider. IoT will take update of security from cloud and it will not touch the corporate network.

For most of the travelling executives, almost half of the time their information or data flow (traffic) does not even cross their corporate network.

In next two years, firewall will lose its importance in terms of where it sits now to where it will be in future. Security will move towards provisioning services including web, email and also firewall moving to the cloud. Today amazon gives a complete service set and they do not define the firewall. The firewall may not relevant to the customer but he is more concerned on other provisioning aspects as the cloud provider takes care of layer 2.

But your competitors like Fortinet, Palo Alto, FireEye to name a few are still betting big on NGFW appliances?

Most of the mentioned security companies call themselves as platform companies and not firewall companies. They probably would look at expanding and providing email, web as a platform play as they have also realized that stand alone firewall will lose its relevance.


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