Feeds

NAI buys Entercept for $120m

Completes intrusion protection line-up

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Seven Steps to Software Security

Network Associates (NAI) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire intrusion protection firm Entercept Security Technologies for $120 million in cash.

Entercept provides host-based intrusion protection products designed to detect and stop security attacks before they cause damage.

Entercept's products use a combination of behavioural rules and signatures to prevent "both known and unknown attacks against servers, databases and applications".

The acquisition complements IntruVert Networks which NAI bought this week for $100 million cash. IntruVert makes network-based intrusion protection appliances.

Entercept has more than 1,100 enterprise and government customers including New Century Mortgage, First Citizens Bank, Corio and Arlington County.

Network Associates expects to finalize the acquisition within the next 45 days.

Last May, Network Associates ceased development of its own CyberCop vulnerability scanner and intrusion detection product and announced plans to merge the technology into its Sniffer network analyser product.

The decision was part of a major reorganisation last year at Network Associates which saw technology from its PGP Security division folded into other Network Associates' products and the sale of the unit's core Gauntlet firewall business to Secure Computing.

With the acquisitions of Entercept and IntruVert Networks, NAI is effectively buying itself back into a market (intrusion detection/intrusion protection) that it had earlier exited.

Intrusion detection products were subject to widespread concerns about false alerts, which have promoted vendors to reinvent the market segment as intrusion prevention. Intrusion prevention products are designed to automatically block a smaller sub-set of well-defined attacks.

These products still need signature updates to block different types of attack, but variations on a particular attack should be automatically blocked. ®

Related Stories

NAI buys IntruVert for $100m
NAI re-cooks the books
NAI to pull plug on CyberCop
ASSAiSSINAiTE all bugs
NAI sells firewall business
IDS users swamped with false alerts

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu
Traffic flows up 20% as motorway middle lanes miraculously unclog
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.