[ISN] ISS to acquire Network ICE

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Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 16:38:49 PDT

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    By: John Leyden
    01/05/2001 at 14:23 GMT
    The two most significant players in intrusion detection are getting
    into bed. Internet Security Systems has announced it is acquiring
    privately-held firm Network ICE. .
    The all-stock deal is worth approximately $195 million and is expected
    to close in June 2001.
    According to the firms, Network ICE's desktop applications and
    security management products complement ISS's existing network and
    server-based security software and will help the development of
    technologies that better protect mobile and remote desktops.
    Network ICE's technology applies protocol analysis techniques to the
    detection of Internet based attacks which might slip into a network
    protected by a firewall alone, whereas ISS' relies more heavily on
    signature analysis technology.
    Tom Noonan, president and CEO of ISS, said in a conference call that a
    technological objective of the deal was to develop high-end intrusion
    detection technology, which combines protocol and signature analysis.
    ISS has said it intends continue to support products from both firms
    but plans to develop a "best of breed" product by the end of the year.
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