Desktop and server security pull together

Monday, 20 October 2003, 11:41 AM EST

Security company Network Associates Technology announced on Friday that it plans to offer an integrated software security system for both desktop and server computer systems by next June, challenging similar moves by its rivals.

The company dubbed the new integration plan its "end-node security strategy," referring to its focus on running the security software on servers and PCs rather than on a separate network device. The strategy is the most complete indication to date of how Network Associates plans to use the products from its recent acquisition of Entercept, an intrusion detection company.

"Everyone is looking at doing this," said Ryan McGee, director of product marketing for Network Associates' system protection solutions. "The difference is going to lie in the ability to execute on that vision. We think that Network Associates is one of the only vendors in the world that has the pieces to put this together in the near term -- in the next year."

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