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Network Associates Inc will in July pull the plug on further development of its popular CyberCop vulnerability scanner and intrusion-detection product and instead will redirect efforts to integrate new security functionality into lines produced out of its Sniffer Technologies network analyser arm.

Products reaching end of life on July 1 include the CyberCop Scanner 5.5, distributed CyberCop Scanner 2.0 and the CyberCop Monitor 2.5. The company maintains its plan does not in any way affect the existing CyberCop ASaP services, which will continue to be a McAfee Security product offering. The Santa Clara, California-based company said that maintenance for the scanner line will continue through until the end of 2004, with scheduled signature updates performed quarterly rather than on a monthly basis.

The move follows previous announcements that technology from the PGP Security division would be folded into other Network Associates' products after the divestment in February of the unit's core firewall business to Secure Computing Inc. Elements of the Cybercop product have already found a way into ThreatScan, a new tool from the McAfee Security stable. This is intended to routinely schedule virus vulnerability scans and updated signatures to report on unprotected, unmanaged, infected and virus-vulnerable machines. ThreatScan works alongside the company's Virus Security Policy Management console, ePolicy Orchestrator.

Meanwhile, the Sniffer Technologies network analyzer arm is working to add an intrusion-detection module to its popular Sniffer product suite in the next three months, which will also draw on CyberCop Scanner intrusion-detection and risk-assessment programs. By incorporating aspects of CyberCop, such as tracer packet firewall testing to provide audits of firewalls and routers, it is expected that the new Sniffer intrusion-detection module will not only help check the network perimeter, but also check inside the boundaries. The idea behind this is that checks for viruses and other potentially malicious behavior need to be made at internal PCs and servers as well at the edge of the network.

Back in October 2001 Network Associates said to would be wrapping much of the remaining PGP Security technology into its McAfee Security and Sniffer Technologies portfolios. And on May 2, the company announced an agreement with Internet Security Systems Inc to share the technologies the companies need to develop next-generation security solutions.

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