The Changing Face of NAI
In an interview with eWEEK, top NAI executives discuss the company's recent purchases of IntruVert and Entercept as well as the company's future product plans and strategy.WASHINGTONThis year has been nothing if not eventful for Network Associates Inc. The first five months of 2003 have seen the Santa Clara, Calif., security vendor restate several years of earnings due to an accounting issue, endure investigations by both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission and acquire two up-and-coming intrusion prevention vendors. Most recently, NAI went through a round of layoffs as it continues to try and refocus its product lines. Senior Editor Dennis Fisher sat down with Gene Hodges, president of NAI, Sandra England, executive vice president of corporate development and strategic research and Robin Matlock, vice president of product marketing at McAfee Security, to discuss the recent purchases of IntruVert Networks Inc. and Entercept Security Technologies as well as the companys future product plans and strategy. eWEEK:: How is the integration of the new acquisitions progressing? England: Our initial focus has been integrating Entercept into McAfee because there are a lot of synergies with the technologies with the signature-based and behavior-based approaches. Were developing some integrated product plans, too.
Hodges: The big challenge is, this isnt just two new product lines; its the future of the company. IntruVert and Entercept took over Network Associates in a way. You know, you get used to doing anti-virus with some network management and then something like this comes along and it changes the landscape.