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Issue Date: June 2001 (es)

Outsourcing information security - leaving it to the experts

June 2001

Network Associates, a provider of network security and availability solutions, and Internet Security Systems, a network intrusion detection and security assessment company, have announced a strategic alliance to deliver integrated security products and services. The companies intend to provide customers with solutions that actively detect, prevent and respond to today's increasingly complex spectrum of Internet security threats.
"Through the alliance, Network Associates intends to combine RealSecure intrusion detection technology from Internet Security Systems with advanced network fault isolation and performance management technology from Sniffer Technologies," says Christopher Bray, Network Associates regional director for sub-Saharan Africa.
Also under the alliance, Internet Security Systems plans to combine Network Associates' McAfee anti-virus technology with its RealSecure intrusion detection products, as well as provide a managed security services offering. According to Bray the blend of these various technologies provide customers with better protection from hybrid threats.
"This alliance is a result of our focus on delivering world-class technology to keep our customers' networks secure and available," says Bray. "Integrating market-leading technology, Network Associates and ISS will look to create the industry's strongest options for defending against the full spectrum of hybrid Internet threats."
Tom Noonan, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems adds: "Network Associates and Internet Security Systems share a common vision of delivering comprehensive protection solutions capable of keeping up with today's rapidly changing threat environment."
"With this partnership the companies are embarking on a strategy of specialised players working closely together that has proven especially effective in the security space," says Chris Christiansen, vice president of e-business infrastructure and security software at IDC. "Hybrid security threats cost companies billions of dollars last year and this alliance has the potential to present a range of unique and compelling options for customers looking to defend against them."
Network Associates


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