Communications of the IIMA


In the legend of the Phoenix bird, the bird dies on a fiery pyre, but arises from the ashes. This is a case that parallels that legend. It's a case showing a technology company that almost died, but came back stronger. As NetPliance, it developed and marketed a "thin client," bare-bones Internet Appliance in the Business to Consumer B2C area. As the reorganized TippingPoint Technologies, it has become a leader in the intrusion prevention system area, using hardware and networking technologies in the Business to Business environment. Instead of just detecting viruses, spam, spyware and other negative attacks that have already passed through the firewall, their product detects and proactively stops the intrusion as they enter the network.