Feeds

ASSAiSSINAiTE all bugs

ISS and NAI team up

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Networks Associates (NAI) and Internet Security Systems (ISS) today announced an alliance to integrate their technologies aimed at providing better protection for users against increasingly complex security threats.

NAI will combine RealSecure intrusion detection technology from ISS with network fault isolation and performance management software from its Sniffer Technologies division.

In turn ISS plans to combine NAI's McAfee AV technology with RealSecure, as well as developing a managed security services offering. But how this will sit against NAI's managed security services, its part owned subsidiary McAfee.com and wholly owned enterprise equivalent McAfee AsaP?

It's hoped that correlating alerts from the two firms various technologies will give users a better view of attacks against their networks.

ISS and NAI will work together on product development and a joint marketing and sales push. Financial terms of the deal are not disclosed.

NAI has a history of growing through acquisitions, and once harboured plans to challenge system vendors (most notably Computer Associates) with a complete systems and security offering. That plan was abandoned last year when it was forced to restructure its business after disappointing sales. This led to the sale of NAI's Gauntlet firewall and VPN business to Secure Computing in February and the deep freeze of its well- respected, but unprofitable PGP desktop encryption line.

Worse news followed last week, when NAI admitted "it has discovered accounting inaccuracies in its 1999 and 2000 financial statements" which meant those results needed to restated. That decision, the first results of an ongoing internal investigation, comes against the backdrop of an Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation of NAI's accounting practices.

ISS, although its star has fallen somewhat over the last year, has nothing like these problems, but needs to broaden the appeal of its intrusion detection offering.

From that point of view the deal makes good sense, and positions ISS more strongly against competitors like Symantec, Cisco et al who are trying to steal leadership in the IDS segment from it.

The alliance goes so deep that we're tempted to see it as a prelude to a possible merger between the two firms. Perhaps that's the one step that will solve long-standing confusion over NAI's branding? ®

Related Stories

NAI on-off bid for McAfee.com is off again
PGP deep-freezed - NAI shrugs
NAI sells firewall business
Network Associates puts PGP up for sale
ISS ranks Net vulnerabilities
3A security software to boom
ISS to acquire Network ICE

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
Reddit users discover iOS malware threat
'Unflod Baby Panda' looks to snatch Apple IDs
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.