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McAfee.com and eEye Get Secure With Each Other

Two network security firms announced a co-branding deal Monday that is expected to boost each company's bottom line.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Anti-virus firm McAfee.com and Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based network security software maker eEye Digital Security say they are working together to co-brand eEye's SecureIIS.

In turn, the application firewall designed by eEye to protect Microsoft's IIS Web server application will be officially offered through the McAfee.com Web site.

"This partner a comprehensive security offering that protects the entry points as well as all the nodes on the network," says eEye COO Firas Raouf.

IIS is bundled with Microsoft's Windows NT, Windows 2000 and the new Windows XP operating systems.

There are approximately eight million servers running IIS as the Web server application, making it the second most commonly used application for hosting Web sites on the Internet.

The application has gained notoriety in the last few months through the discovery of security vulnerabilities that make Web servers using IIS susceptible to attack and penetration by hackers.

Raouf says that was made evident with the emergence of the Code Red Worm, which leveraged one of these vulnerabilities to propagate and infect nearly one million making the product an essential utility for ensuring the sanctity of Windows NT, 2000 and XP-based servers.

"McAfee.com allows us to further advance the state of proactive security on a larger scale," says Raouf.