McAfee sells off research arm

Anti-virus firm McAfee has sold its McAfee Research business to Sparta, the US military technical research specialist.

Anti-virus firm McAfee has sold its McAfee Research business to Sparta, the US military technical research specialist.

McAfee Research conducted advanced computer and network security research focused on a variety of different technologies and had clients including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the US National Security Agency, and the Army Research Laboratories, along with Telcordia, Hewlett-Packard, Juniper and Boeing.

McAfee said that "in response to rapidly changing national directions, much of the content of McAfee Research's efforts had changed from historically unclassified research to classified research and development activities".

The company said the sell-off was part of its ongoing attempts to boost its financial performance. Financial details of the acquisition were not released.

It remains committed to malicious code and vulnerability research through its McAfee Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (Avert), a spokesman said.

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