By Jim Finkle
BOSTON Oct 8 Intel Corp's McAfee
security division is planning to lay off a "small percentage" of
its workforce of about 7,100 employees, a company spokesman said
McAfee spokesman Ian Bain said he could not provide more
information about the planned job cuts, which the world's No. 2
maker of anti-virus software disclosed in response to an inquiry
Makers are of security software for personal computers are
struggling in the midst of a PC industry slump. They could face
increased pressure after Oct. 26, when Microsoft Corp
launches its Windows 8 operating software, which will be bundled
with free anti-virus software.
Symantec Corp, McAfee's bigger rival in the
anti-virus software market, is in the midst of a strategic
review begun in July by the company's new CEO, Steve Bennett,
who took over in July after the board fired his predecessor.
Cris Paden, a spokesman for Symantec, said the company had
no job cuts to announce.
"We evaluate conditions on an ongoing and regular basis and
there are no plans as of right now," Paden said.
Intel Corp acquired McAfee, the world's second-largest
security software maker, in February 2011 for $7.7 billion. The
division had 7,072 employees as of June 30, according to Bain.
Intel is scheduled to release quarterly earnings on Oct. 16,
while Symantec plans to release its results on Oct. 24.