ISS to acquire Network ICE
Intrusion detection Iss Ice Ice baby
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. ®