Network Associates, which has focused almost exclusively on
software for Windows NT, is adding a Linux version of its CyberCop Scanner
tool for probing networks to detect security vulnerabilities.
The company said security consultants and companies that test the security of networks have shown great
interest in Linux-based security tools. For security audits, Network
Associates said consultants preferred Linux over Sun Solaris by a ratio of
about 50 to 1.
"Network Associates responded to our security professionals' need to use
CyberCop in conjunction with several Linux-based Ernst & Young proprietary
security tools," George Kurtz, director of the Ernst & Young security
profiling services, said in a statement.
CyberCop Scanner is the first Network Associates' product on the Linux
Linux is a free version of the Unix operating system
that has caught on as an alternative to Windows NT or commercial Unix. An
increasing number of companies is offering to provide technical support
for Linux--at a price. [See related
CyberCop Scanner evaluates networks and then advises the network manager how to
close any security holes it finds. A component of Network Associates'
security suite, Net Tools Secure, CyberCop Scanner was acquired last May with Secure
Networks Incorporated, which marketed the product as Ballista.
CyberCop Scanner on Linux is being shipped to Network Associates
customers. It's free to current CyberCop users under the Network Associates
subscription-pricing model. CyberCop Scanner is also available as part of
Net Tools Secure, priced from $56 per node for 5,000 users.