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On The Acquisition Trail: 5 Companies That Could Buy Intel Security

Reports emerged this week that Intel Security was exploring its options for a sale. Take a look at five companies with deep pockets and a focus on security that could be contenders.

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Heavy Hitters Only

On Sunday, reports emerged that Intel Security was exploring its options for a sale, the latest instance of a shifting landscape for the industry's biggest security vendors. The challenge with the sale, partners told CRN Monday, will be the hefty price tag likely attached to Intel Security, which was acquired for a blockbuster price of $7.7 billion in 2010 (it was then McAfee), in a market that still sees astronomical valuations for security companies. Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., broke out financials for the Intel Security group for the first time in its most recent earnings call. Intel Security's revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $537 million, up 12 percent year over year.

Here are five companies that might be interested in the company's technology and could afford to pay a top-dollar price.

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