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Sniffer Goes Mobile

Because Internet threats are no longer isolated to desktop computers and servers, Network Associates Wednesday said it has retooled its Sniffer platform for wireless.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based Web security company said its new Sniffer Mobile is designed for cellular and PCS providers who want to protect their 2.5G and 3G mobile data networks.

The new mobile capabilities will be included as part of Network Associates' Sniffer Technologies' solution. The company says the improvements should help prevent against attacks like Phage, the first wireless virus.

The Sniffer platform currently covers Web sites; Internet applications; converged voice, video, and data networks; wireless local area networks (LANs); and high speed switched and optical networks. But the solution has gone through an evolution of sorts since Network Associates shut down its PGP Security business unit last October. Recently, the company expanded Sniffer's capabilities to reach out to small and medium-sized business.

With the addition of the Sniffer Mobile software module to the Sniffer Distributed platform, Network Associates says customers can now manage both TCP/IP-based and mobile data communications from one central location. The solution offers advanced network analysis, visualization, and troubleshooting capabilities.

"Through the implementation of Sniffer Mobile, service providers can now proactively manage their mobile data and TCP/IP based communications on the same platform. As the mobile data customer base expands, the visibility that Sniffer Mobile provides will enable service providers to realize cost savings through effective infrastructure planning and configuration management," said Sniffer Technologies vice president of product management Scott Allen.

The Sniffer Mobile software module runs on the Sniffer Distributed appliance with protocol decodes for CDMA2000, UMTS (W-CDMA), and GPRS core networks. In addition, the Sniffer Mobile solution combines granular filtering and reporting capabilities that provide graphical measurement of system performance, usage and trends. Reporting options include protocol distribution, top conversations, and application response time.