Arris embeds Intel McAfee-branded security into retail home gateways

Arris is partnering with Intel to embed McAfee Secure Home Internet technology into the Arris SURFboard SBG7580-AC.

LAS VEGAS—Arris has announced that it has partnered with Intel to embed the chipmaking giant’s McAfee Secure Home Internet technology into Arris residential gateways sold at retail.

The Arris SURFboard SBG7580-AC will be the first device to embed the McAfee Secure Home Platform, with the integration expected to be available in the first half of the year on gateways sold through Amazon and at Best Buy. 

Each gateway in the new SURFboard Secure Home Gateway portfolio will integrate the new McAfee security platform directly into the device and carry the designation "McAfee Secure Home Internet.”

Other Arris gateways will receive the designation down the road, the company said. 

“When you put Intel’s leading security into our leading gateways, any device you connect to one of them will be protected from viruses, malware, phishing, and more,” blogged Sandy Howe, senior VP of Arris’ consumer products group. “It’s like a security system for your home network that will protect all of your connected devices. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Fitbit or a laptop, your device will be safe.”

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Howe noted that by 2020, the average U.S. home will have around 50 connected devices.

“If you told me a few years ago that my new connected washing machine could be hacked, I don’t think I would’ve been very concerned,” she quipped. “Worst-case scenario: someone heavy cycles my delicates. But today, things are different. In the connected home, the weakest link can jeopardize the entire home; it can put your data and your family’s data at risk.”