NAIs Sniffer Unit Gets Hit With Layoffs
As it transforms itself into an intrusion prevention company, Network Associates lays off an undisclosed number of people from its Sniffer business unit and outsources a number of those jobs to India.Network Associates Inc. has laid off an undisclosed number of people from its Sniffer business unit and has outsourced a number of those jobs to India, a company spokesperson confirmed Friday. The layoffs, which happened within the last two weeks, come at a time when the company is in the middle of an effort to reshape both its image and its product line. Known for years as mainly an anti-virus vendor, NAI now is in the process of becoming an intrusion prevention company. Its acquisitions last year of IntruVert Networks Inc. and Entercept Security Technologies started the company down this road, and NAI seems intent on shedding whatever assets dont fit into that plan. Last month the company agreed to sell its Magic help desk division to BMC Corp.
The Sniffer unit also may fall into that category, especially now that some of its engineering staff has been let go. The Sniffer product line includes a variety of devices that monitor networks for performance and security issues, and analysts say its not necessarily a good fit with the companys new strategy and the rest of its offerings.