Network Associates exiting intrusion-detection

Network Associates Inc. is getting out of the intrusion-detection game. The security giant has decided to put its CyberCop Monitor IDS product into "maintenance mode."

Network Associates Inc. is getting out of the intrusion-detection game.

As part of new CEO George Samenuk's ongoing overhaul of the company's strategy and product line, the security giant has decided to put its CyberCop Monitor IDS product into "maintenance mode," the company confirmed Tuesday.

The decision effectively makes CyberCop Monitor a dead product, although company officials said they would continue to support it and that there would be one or two more updates to the IDS over the next year or so.

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"We are still offering it right now, but it's not going to be a priority going forward after the coming updates," said a Network Associates spokeswoman.

CyberCop Monitor, which is sold by Network Associates' PGP Security division, monitors both incoming and outgoing traffic and gives administrators a central console from which they can control settings and generate custom reports.

Its companion product, CyberCop Scanner, which is a vulnerability assessment tool, is in no danger of being cut, officials said.

Tighter focus
Network Associates, of Santa Clara, Calif., is best known for its McAfee anti-virus and PGP encryption software. But in recent years the company has expanded its offerings -- mainly through acquisitions -- to include intrusion detection, network monitoring and a host of other security services.

When Samenuk took over in January from longtime CEO William Larson, he undertook a comprehensive review of the company and its products, and those that don't fit his vision for the company's future are being phased out.

Earlier this year, Network Associates' MyCIO.com division was folded back into the parent company after a short life as an independent entity.

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