Network Associates enhances security portfolio

Network Associates has been on the acquisition trail, purchasing IntruVert Networks, Entercept Security Technologies and Deersoft to add intrusion protection and anti-spam to its enterprise level security offerings

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By  Mark Sutton Published  May 14, 2003

Network Associates has enhanced its range of enterprise-level security solutions, with three new acquisitions. The new solutions were introduced in Riyadh yesterday, and include anti-spam and intrusion detection systems.

The three acquisitions are IntruVert networks, a provider of network intrusion protection systems; Deersoft, an anti-spam application vendor, and Entercept, a provider of host-based intrusion prevention.

Thomas Mina, territory manager for Network Associates, said that the solutions allow Network Associates to complete a very strong security portfolio. “Recent developments at Network Associates have considerably strengthened our position in our core areas of speciality. These strategic acquisitions have equipped Network Associates with industry-leading expertise in anti spamming and intrusion detection.”

“The end-solution, after integrating the new systems with our existing McAfee technology, is guaranteed to produce unmatched performance and highest levels of security. We are extremely delighted to launch these innovative products in Saudi Arabia, one of the region’s most promising IT markets,” he added.

The vendor will be driving the new solutions to market with a new enhanced partner tool, the McAfee Perpetual Plus License Programme Partner Resource Centre (PRC). The PRC will provide sales, marketing and support information in local languages to help partners in the region, said Mina.

The solutions were rolled out first in Saudi Arabia because of the potential of the market, according to Mina. Not only does the Kingdom present the biggest single block of IT expenditure in the region, but the whole region is also looking more closely at enterprise security as more and more systems are moved online.

“The GCC market too carries a huge potential for us, as it is estimated that the IT market will swell to $8 billion in 2005, against $6 billion in 2002. The depressing slowdown in the Western IT market has failed to affect the region’s buoyancy, because of the aggressive government-led initiatives and the drive of businesses to migrate to leading edge and fully secure systems. We expect the momentum to gather further pace,” Mina said.

The new solutions will be integrated with existing McAfee technology, to provide comprehensive infrastructure systems. IntruVert and Entercept mark the next stage in intrusion detection systems, by including prevention elements as well, that can block unauthorised malicious activity on host servers; while Deersoft addresses an increasing awareness among enterprises of the need for anti-spam and content filtering solutions to reduce waste of corporate resources.

“The Deersoft solution has been selected as the most effective system for deployment at the gateway or on email servers, and can scale for use by a vast enterprise. These anti-spam solutions can be integrated with existing McAfee products to offer cost-effective, robust email protection for large and small enterprises. This marks a significant investment in spam and content filtering,” Mina concluded.

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