Software maker Network Associates on Tuesday said it has joined the
Trusted Computing Group, an industry body formed to develop and promote open
standards for security technologies.
Network Associates, which will change its name soon to McAfee, said
it will help develop the Trusted Network Connect specification, which is
intended to help network administrators put security policies in place on
systems before they connect to multivendor networks. The new specification is
likely to be made available by TCG
later this year.
Technology giants like Microsoft and Intel are among the members of TCG,
which is also working to develop a single hardware design that will be supported
by a number of software programs.
Network Associates said its decision to work with TCG is an extension of an
initiative of its own, called the McAfee Trusted Connection Strategy. The plan
is designed to rid networks of "rogue systems" and protect networks from
malicious code, like the Sasser worm.