McAfee Sells Enterprise Security Business; Separately, Feds Charge Founder

The vendor will solely target consumers. Separate but related, John McAfee could be headed for decades in prison.

Kelly Teal, Contributing Editor

March 8, 2021

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The McAfee name brings to mind a number of associations. Think groundbreaking antivirus and technology platforms, but also an erratic, eccentric billionaire founder. We’ll address that second part in a bit. But first, a look at why the company was making waves Monday.

McAfee is selling its enterprise security division to a private equity firm. In essence, the cybersecurity vendor will no longer target businesses. What does that mean for McAfee channel partners? Click through the slideshow above to find out more.

Now, perhaps with some apologies for bringing the aforementioned event together with this one, federal authorities have gained ground in their efforts to get John McAfee back onto U.S. soil.

On March 5, they laid out a number of charges against McAfee for fraud and money laundering. The timing of a McAfee sale and this news is likely coincidental, but it is interesting. That’s especially the case given the long saga that has been the narrative of John McAfee since he resigned from the company in 1994. From running a failed bid for the 2016 U.S. presidential race to being a person of interest in a murder in South America, and more, McAfee has spent years living anything but a normal or sedate life. And it looks like he could end it that way, too.

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About the Author(s)

Kelly Teal

Contributing Editor, Channel Futures

Kelly Teal has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and analyst, with longtime expertise in the indirect channel. She worked on the Channel Partners magazine staff for 11 years. Kelly now is principal of Kreativ Energy LLC.

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