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NAI Rolls out Security Consulting Arm

On the heels of its takeover of McAfee.com, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Network Associates has created a new business group that hawks networking and security-related consulting services.

In what is seen as a shift from depending on consumer-driven services, the company's new Network Associates Expert Services group will now offer consulting and educations services on all phases of network and security management for enterprise clients.

It offers packaged and custom consulting engagements for network assessment, network design, product deployment and network downtime emergency response and Network Associates said its consultants would train corporate clients on the ins and outs of responding to emergencies as they occur.

The new business initiative has been set up in three phases with the Expert Network Services offering packaged and custom consulting services on demand. "Expert Network Services' consultants are experts in fault isolation and performance management and have a thorough knowledge of the inter-relationship of network instrumentation, design, and traffic," the company said, adding its on-demand experts can be hired to deal with network performance, availability, and security issues.

The new professional services unit would also offer consulting to help a client install and configure software products sold by Network Associates and its McAfee.com division. The company's enterprise software include McAfee Security, Sniffer Technologies and the browser-based Magic Solutions help desk.

IT managers having trouble integrating third-party networking or security products can also call on the expert group, NAI said.

The unit's Expert Security Services arm is also services for penetration testing and wireless security assessment, security breaches anti-virus screening and risk analysis.

The company's Expert Educational Services arm would provide training courses for network management, security, and anti-virus technology.