Network Associates buys up rival security, management products

A string of acquisitions during the past three years has made Network Associates Inc.
of Santa Clara, Calif., into an enterprise security and management conglomerate.


Network Associates gobbled up Cyber-Media Inc., Dr. Solomon’s Software Inc., Magic
Solutions Inc., McAfee Associates Inc., Network General Corp. and Trusted Information
Systems Inc.


As independent companies, all had federal users as customers.


Now that they are part of Network Associates, federal users are waiting to see how well
the merged company’s encryption and verification products complement its antivirus
and firewall technology, and whether it can stretch to provide adequate technical support
for all the products.


Network Associates has organized the products into seven suites under one- and two-year
subscription licensing plans, said Harvey Weiss, vice president of federal programs. The
company offers eight levels of software licensing in addition to unlimited site licenses,
he said.


Meanwhile, Network Associates is working with other software vendors, particularly
network management and security companies, to make their products interoperate better,
said Weiss. It also will build a professional services group.


Under a September agreement with VeriSign Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.,


Network Associates will integrate its Net Tools Secure with VeriSign’s OnSite,
using VeriSign’s Certificate Request Syntax protocol.


The integration means that Net Tools Secure users can administer a public-key
infrastructure with digital certificate registration and response.


Network Associates software is available on the General Services Administration
Information Technology Schedule contract held by McBride and Associates Inc. of
Albuquerque, N.M.


Unisys Corp.’s National Institutes of Health Electronic Computer Store II contract
and a few other governmentwide acquisition contracts also list the products.


Defense Department users with .mil IP addresses can at no charge download some of
Network Associates’ antivirus products from the Defense Information Systems Agency
site at http://powhatan.iiie.disa.mil.

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