(Adds background, comment from Symantec)
By Jim Finkle
BOSTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Intel Corp's McAfeesecurity division is planning to lay off a "small percentage" ofits workforce of about 7,100 employees, a company spokesman saidon Monday.
McAfee spokesman Ian Bain said he could not provide moreinformation about the planned job cuts, which the world's No. 2maker of anti-virus software disclosed in response to an inquiryfrom Reuters.
Makers are of security software for personal computers arestruggling in the midst of a PC industry slump. They could faceincreased pressure after Oct. 26, when Microsoft Corplaunches its Windows 8 operating software, which will be bundledwith free anti-virus software.
Symantec Corp , McAfee's bigger rival in theanti-virus software market, is in the midst of a strategicreview 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 hadno job cuts to announce.
"We evaluate conditions on an ongoing and regular basis andthere are no plans as of right now," Paden said.
Intel Corp acquired McAfee, the world's second-largestsecurity software maker, in February 2011 for $7.7 billion. Thedivision 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.
(Reporting By Jim Finkle; Editing by Tim Dobbyn and AndreGrenon)
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