[ISN] Network Associates aims for one-stop shop

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Date: Tue May 12 1998 - 23:18:42 PDT

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       Network Associates aims for one-stop shop
       By Tim Clark
       Staff Writer, CNET NEWS.COM
       May 12, 1998, 8:20 a.m. PT
       Continuing on its buying binge, Network Associates today said it
       will acquire a small Canadian security firm called Secure Networks
       Incorporated (SNI), which develops tools that scan networks for
       security holes.
       The acquisition
       shores up Network Associates' security offerings as it seeks to become
       a one-stop vendor for buying both security and network management
       Financial details of the acquisition were not immediately available.
       Earlier this year, Network Associates bought firewall and virtual
       private network firm Trusted Information Systems. In late 1997,
       the company acquired Pretty Good Privacy. Network Associates
       itself was created out of the merger of antivirus firm McAfee
       Associates and Network General, which had both security and networking
       SNI's Ballista security auditing scanner will be incorporated into
       Network Associates' Net Tools Secure suite. Ballista performs
       vulnerability assessment or security scanning, and they check private
       networks for security weaknesses that hostile hackers might exploit to
       break in.
       The best-known name in security scanning is Internet Security
       Systems, a publicly traded firm that is concentrating on security
       assessment and intrusion detection, a related technology that seeks to
       identify hackers after they have broken in.
       SNI's staff will join Network Associates' research and consulting
       service, an area the company is trying to beef up.
       With this acquisition, Network Associates now has security offerings
       that include firewalls, virtual private networks, intrusion detection,
       encryption, authentication, antivirus, and security scanning. However,
       because most of those technologies were bought from others, Network
       Associates still must assemble them so they work together in a single
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