Network Associates has promised a spate of takeovers this year to realise its $1 billion (#0.6 billion) turnover ambitions. Stephen Cavallo, Network Associates' UK managing director, said the company now wants to offer a full feature set for network management and security, but to do this it will be necessary to acquire technology from other companies. "We are taking a unified approach this year and you will see future acquisitions," he said. Network Associates has put aside $350 million (#213 million) for future business opportunities, which Cavallo referred to as a "war chest". He was evasive, however, when it came to naming possible takeover targest: "I'm sure our CEO, Bill Larson, has a few companies identified." Cavallo said the areas under scrutiny are network security and management software, with an emphasis on Web-based systems management. "More and more customers are asking for Web-based products, as the pressure to allow IT managers to work from home continues to grow," he commented. "There is a lot of pressure on these people's time - perhaps we'll see the divorce rate go down once Web-based applications come in." Network Associates has developed a version of its Sniffer network management product that will operate over the Web, allowing managers to assess the state of their networks from intranets and the Internet. Cavallo said more applications would be Web-enabled through 1998. According to a recent survey by The Knowledge Group, 72% of service managers are, or will, be running Web-based support by the Year 2000. Network Associates was formed late last year by the merger of McAfee and Network General. Soon afterward, the company acquired encryption specialist Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).
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