Network Associates pushes into prevention

Security giant Network Associates is broadening its reach in the intrusion prevention market with the acquisition of two companies in a week.

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By  Peter Branton Published  April 7, 2003

Security giant Network Associates is broadening its reach in the intrusion prevention market with the acquisition of two companies in a week: IntruVert Networks which provides network intrusion detection technology; and Entercept Security Technologies which provides server detection and protection products.

US-based IntruVert Networks, which Network Associates said last week it would buy for $100m, offers real-time network intrusion detection and prevention technology for corporate and government networks. Its customer base includes Prudential Financial, HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation and the US House of Representatives.

Network Associates followed this announcement by saying it would buy Entercept for $120m in cash. Entercept’s range of products protects servers against attack by using a combination of behavioural rules and signatures to prevent both known and unknown attacks, rather than detecting and reporting attacks after they occur.

With security attacks increasing in both frequency and complexity intrusion detection and prevention technology is becoming more and more important. For instance, the Slammer worm spread globally in a matter of minutes, leaving little or no time to apply patches.

“Network Associates is committed to providing leading-edge security solutions to help our customers proactively protect their enterprise. It is critical for customers to deploy security solutions that detect and stop attacks before damage is done,” said Sandra England, executive vice president of corporate development and strategic research at Network Associates.

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