NAI beefs up sniffer, surveillance with DragNet buy

Tuesday, 27 August 2002, 10:09 AM EST

Network Associates Inc reckons it has bought technology with the potential to give it a unique edge in the internet security marketplace, with the acquisition of Traxess Inc for an undisclosed sum.

Traxess's technology, currently in beta under the name DragNet, comprises a high-performance packet sniffer, storage system and analysis software that, the firm says, records all internet traffic at Gigabit speeds, allowing specific events or trends to be reconstructed and analyzed later.

Sandra England, NAI's executive VP of business development and strategy, who closed the deal, said the company will spend the next nine months integrating DragNet into NAI's existing Sniffer network management system. The integrated product has an expected shipping date of the second quarter 2003.

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