[ISN] NAI TIS selected to develop Internet security for DARPA

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Date: Tue Aug 25 1998 - 15:13:59 PDT

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                            (PR Newswire; 08/25/98)
     Work With Internet Software Consortium, IETF Will Add Security to Domain
    Name System
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Network Associates, Inc. 
    (Nasdaq: NETA) announced today that its advanced research arm, TIS Labs,
    has been awarded a development contract to add security to one of the
    fundamental protocols of the Internet.  The $1.4 million contract, awarded
    by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),
    calls for Network Associates to create a new generation of the DNS system. 
    This contract will be performed in concert with the Internet Software
    The announcement of the new security features comes during the national
    conference of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the official
    standards body of the Internet.  The IETF meets to develop and revise
    evolving standards such as the Domain Name System (DNS), which is used by
    all computers on the Internet to translate between host names and numeric
    Internet addresses.
     NAI's TIS Labs work will create a new generation of the standard by
    adding data authentication and integrity to the DNS system, which
    currently has severe security flaws. 
    "NAI's TIS Labs team continues to play a significant role in the area of
    advanced security research," said Fred Baker, Chairman of the IETF.  "This
    announcement gives them yet another opportunity to support the open
    standards process and provide security for one of the fundamental
    protocols of the Internet." 
    Prior to this project, NAI's TIS Labs had been awarded contracts to
    provide expertise in the specification of the DNS security (DNSSEC)
    standards and implemented prototype DNSSEC servers.  This contract to work
    with the Internet Software Consortium, which provides the BIND product to
    DNS servers around the world, is the culmination of years of advanced
    research in this area. 
    David Conrad, President of the Internet Software Consortium, commented,
    "The Internet Software Consortium sees a secure naming system as one of
    fundamental technologies necessary for the deployment of widespread
    electronic commerce.  As such, ISC is extremely pleased to be working with
    NAI in the implementation of security enhancements for ISC's BIND
    nameserver software to insure the integrity of the Domain Name System." 
    "This is an exciting opportunity that highlights TIS Labs' ability to come
    up with solutions to very complex security problems," said Terry Benzel,
    Director of Advanced Security Research for NAI's TIS Labs.  "We are
    thrilled that our researchers were able to take this project all the way
    -- from theory to implementation to distribution of product. This type of
    technology transfer -- from government-funded research to the marketplace
    -- is exactly what we hope for when we win a research contract." 
    With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Network Associates, Inc.  is
    a leading supplier of enterprise network security and management
    solutions. Network Associates' Net Tools Secure and Net Tools Manager
    offer best-of-breed, suite-based network security and management
    solutions. Net Tools Secure and Net Tools Manager suites combine to create
    Net Tools, which centralizes these point solutions within an easy-to-use
    integrated systems management environment. For more information, Network
    Associates can be reached at 408-988-3832 or on the Internet at
    http://www.nai.com.  SOURCE Network Associates, Inc. 
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