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The first integrated products are expected in the second half of 2011. First, McAfee's EPO (E-Policy Orchestrator) device management solution will be embedded into Wind River's systems enabling management of these connected and embedded devices from McAfee's Common Management Architecture. DeWalt said embedded devices will be managed through a single console that communicates with an agent inside Wind River's OS and the same system used to manage PCs will also be able to offer management and visibility, control, reporting and compliance of embedded devices.
Later, McAfee and Wind River will enable white listing and other features like NAC, DLP and more.
"The world beyond the PC is really like the iceberg; there is a lot under the surface that you don't see," Klein said.
Klein said nearly every device has an IP address or is on a proprietary network and by 2020 the number of connected devices is expected to reach 50 billion, a good portion of which will be traditional embedded and mobile device sin areas like industrial control, energy management, automotive, infrastructure, home health care and more.
Klein said Wind River will first start integrating McAfee security into its Linux OS and from there add it to its hypervisor system. Wind River will include McAfee security offerings in its future products to enable its OEMs to build more secure devices.
For McAfee and Wind River channel partners, the pairing will open up new opportunities. For example, Wind River channel partners can now up-sell and add security, while McAfee partners can target the embedded device market, an area that's been tough to break into.
"In a way, we just opened up a channel," DeWalt said, adding that partners can reach into new markets as the embedded device market booms.
Klein said Wind River and McAfee already have some channel overlap, and the push from the Wind River market and the pull from the McAfee market will create new opportunities.
"Our channel is the channel to the embedded marketplace," he said, adding that Wind River currently powers roughly 1 billion devices. "This becomes an up sell for the Wind River channel."
McAfee teaming up with Wind River also comes as McAfee spreads its wings further beyond PC-based security.
Also at RSA Conference 2011, McAfee unveiled a host of OEM partnerships with non-PC device manufacturers and their offerings, including NCR ATMs, NEC Infrontia point-of-sale, Sharp multifunction printers and point-of-sale, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories energy substation servers, Meridian kiosks, Clearwave medical kiosks, PFU graphic order terminals and Sysmex Corporation medical devices.
Through the OEM relationships with those device manufacturers, McAfee Embedded Security software will be leveraged for OEMs to build, deploy and control IP connected devices and protect them from zero-day attacks and a host of other security threats.