Mc Afee, as a result of brief ownership of TIS Labs/NAI Labs/Network Associates Laboratories/Mc Afee Research, was highly influential in the world of Open Source software, as that organization produced portions of the Linux, Free BSD, and Darwin operating systems, and developed portions of the BIND name server software and SNMP version 3.
Mc Afee had acquired Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based FSA Corporation, which helped the company diversify its security offerings away from just client-based antivirus software by bringing on board its own network and desktop encryption technologies.
Gerhard Watzinger, CEO of Safe Boot, joined Mc Afee to lead the Data Protection product business unit.Network Associates was formed in 1997 as a merger of Mc Afee Associates, Network General, PGP Corporation and Helix Software.The company restructured in 2004, beginning with the sale of its Magic Solutions business to Remedy, a subsidiary of BMC Software early in the year.On April 2, 2003, Mc Afee acquired Intru Vert Networks for 0 million.
According to Network World, "Intru Vert's technology focus is on intrusion-prevention, which entails not just detecting attacks, but blocking them.
In mid-2004, the company sold the Sniffer Technologies business to a venture capital backed firm named Network General (the same name as the original owner of Sniffer Technologies), and changed its name back to Mc Afee to reflect its focus on security-related technologies.