Network Associates and Internet Security Systems (ISS) on Thursday unveiled an alliance that includes integrating their technologies and joint research.
Under the agreement, Network Associates will integrate ISS' RealSecure intrusion-detection technology with its Sniffer network management technology. Also, ISS will combine Network Associates' McAfee antivirus technology with its IDS products.
The alliance "has the potential to deliver the industry's most powerful technology for Internet security and network management," said George Samenuk, Network Associates CEO and chairman, in a conference call.
By combining technologies, the companies will better protect their customers from the new types of blended threats, such as last year's Nimda worm, he said.
Network Associates, based here, plans to deliver a Sniffer product integrated with ISS technology in the first quarter of 2003, he added.
Samenuk said the companies' research teams will begin working together, creating "the largest private Internet threat response team in the entire world."
The companies did not disclose financial details about the multiyear agreement.
Tom Noonan, president, chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based ISS, said there is little overlap in the vendors' partner and distribution channels, so the alliance gives them broader market reach.