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NETWORK ASSOCIATES DEBUTS SNIFFER NETWORK PROTECTION PLATFORM.

Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE:NET) has debuted the Sniffer Network Protection Platform for enterprise and service provider customers around the globe. Designed to safeguard information technology (IT) infrastructures from malicious threats and performance issues, the Sniffer Network Protection Platform consists of best-of-breed network availability and performance management solutions from Sniffer Technologies that are focused on protecting the enterprise network, from the core to the edge.

Sniffer Technologies solutions sit at key touch points of the network. The Sniffer Network Protection Platform is architected for corporations, service-providers and governments who want to reduce network technology and security risk; optimize network performance and availability; improve business productivity; lower operational and capital expenses; and increase bottom-line revenue.

"The evolving mix of business-enabling applications and services running on the networks of large enterprises is sufficiently complex that no single product can effectively isolate and troubleshoot looming issues that threaten uptime," said Eric Hemmendinger, research director for security and privacy at Aberdeen Group. "The internal and external threats -- worms, viruses, trojans, malicious applets, and focused attacks -- are bound to penetrate the enterprise's perimeter and even more sensitive assets. With the Sniffer Network Protection Platform, Network Associates is providing the pieces needed to monitor, identify, prioritize, and resolve threats to the business-critical networks at the heart of today's enterprises."

Leveraging over 15 years of network availability and performance management experience, the Sniffer Network Protection Platform was developed to enable organizations to protect the performance, security and integrity of their businesses, from the most complex network issues and malicious threats of today and tomorrow. As an evolving platform, the Sniffer Network Protection Platform consists of the following cutting-edge solutions, for new manageability and instrumentation for the network environment -- with a pathway to intrusion prevention and application management solutions.

Sniffer Technologies s6040. With unmatched performance, real-time Expert Analysis, and innovative blade-based architecture, the Sniffer Technologies s6040 appliance is the most powerful fault and performance management solution from Sniffer Technologies to date. The Sniffer Technologies s6040 is a modular, high-performance appliance designed specifically for the core of Gigabit networks within enterprise organizations. The Sniffer Technologies s6040 appliance helps organizations significantly improve performance, productivity and cost-effectiveness across their network infrastructure by providing Gigabit Ethernet speed data acquisition and analysis. With innovative capabilities such as support for asymmetric routing and support for up to four full-duplex media modules, the Sniffer Technologies s6040 is designed to enable network managers to dramatically reduce the time to resolution of some of today's most complex security and network performance issues.

Sniffer Distributed 4.3. As the analysis software operating on Sniffer Technologies appliances, the new Sniffer Distributed 4.3 product is a high-powered fault and network performance management solution that can be deployed across the entire network. New with Sniffer Distributed 4.3 is the ability to deploy RMON+ capabilities in a cost-effective manner at remote sites or small branch offices where Expert Analysis is not required. This new level of price performance means that customers can now instrument their networks from the core where mission-critical applications operate, to the very edge where end-users interact with customers -- providing complete visibility on security and performance issues that span the network.

Network Performance Orchestrator (nPO).

To augment the Sniffer Network Protection Platform, Network Associates offers the nPO solution -- featuring nPO Manager and nPO Visualizer. With new enhancements to its key components -- nPO Manager 2.0 and nPO Visualizer 2.1 -- the nPO solution enables network, security and application professionals to strategically and effectively manage, secure, and plan the growth of their global networks and applications.

-- nPO Manager 2.0 provides enhanced centralized management, administration, and security enabling IT administrators to easily manage their Sniffer Technologies instrumentation from a single point, anywhere in the world. With this new release, the nPO Manager from Sniffer Technologies now incorporates multi-trace analysis, which enables network managers to rapidly sort through traffic data from multiple network segments to quickly drill down to route cause analysis. When a service issue spans multiple network segments, nPO Manager can reduce the time-to-fault identification from days to minutes. New features of this release also include an easy-to-use interface, enhanced alarm management to lower resolution time and new analysis capabilities to help ensure the availability and performance of customers' business-critical applications.

-- nPO Visualizer 2.1 enables IT managers and administrators to produce expanded reports on network performance issues, bandwidth utilization, global statistics, top alarms, and usage trends to designated users and executives worldwide. With added user, preference and reporting controls administrators can further understand their network activity and intelligently determine cost-allocation and expense reduction.

For additional information on the Sniffer Network Protection Platform, call 800/764-3337.

Sniffer Technologies, a division of Network Associates, is a provider of network, security, and application management solutions designed to ensure optimal business uptime and availability. Supporting the widest range of network topologies in the industry, the Sniffer Technologies integrated product suite enables enterprises, small to medium businesses, and service providers worldwide effectively maintain their networks and applications up and running at peak performance, 24x7. As a provider of monitoring, troubleshooting, and network visualization solutions, Sniffer Technologies' solution set is designed to meet the demanding availability and security requirements of organizations' Web sites; Internet applications; converged voice, video, and data networks; wireless local area networks (LANs); and high speed switched and optical networks.

Sniffer Technologies can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sniffer.com/ .

With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Network Associates, Inc. is a provider of intrusion prevention solutions. Network Associates is comprised of three product groups: McAfee Security, delivering world-class anti-virus and security products; Sniffer Technologies, a leader in network availability and network protection; and Magic Solutions, a provider of service management solutions.

Network Associates can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.networkassociates.com/.

For more information, call 972-963-8000.
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