It is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel. The company was founded in 1987 as Mcafee Associates, named for its founder John Mcafee. Network Associates was formed in 1997 as a merger of Mcafee Associates and Network General. In mid-2004, the company sold the Sniffer Technologies business to Network General and changed its name back to Mcafee to reflect its focus on security-related technologies.
On August 19, 2010, Intel declared that it would buy Mcafee for a deal valued at $7.68 billion.
Mcafee has had many mergers and acquisitions for example Stonesoft, ValidEdge, NitroSecurity, Sentrigo, tenCube, Trust Digital, MX Logic, Solidcore Systems, Endeavour, Secure Computing, Reconnex, ScanAlert , Onigma, SiteAdvisor, IntruVert Networks.