Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the McAfee.com
printed in 1999 . This historic document was printed by United States Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, Srivats Sampath and Secretary.
The company was founded in 1987 as McAfee Associates, named for its founder John McAfee. Network Associates was formed in 1997 as a merger of McAfee Associates and Network General. In 2004, a major restructuring occurred. In the spring, the company sold the Magic Solutions, inc. Remedy, a subsidiary of BMC Software. In the summer of 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. Also, the company changed its name back to McAfee to reflect its focus on security-related technologies.
Among other companies bought and sold by McAfee (formerly known as Network Associates) is Trusted Information Systems, which developed the Firewall Toolkit, which was the free software foundation for the commercial Gauntlet Firewall, which was later sold by McAfee to Secure Computing Corporation. Network Associates, as a result of brief ownership of TIS Labs/NAI Labs/Network Associates Laboratories/McAfee Research, was highly influential in the world of Open Source software, as that organization produced portions of the Linux, FreeBSD, and Darwin operating systems, and developed portions of the BIND name server software and SNMP version 3.
Leading up to the TIS Labs acquisition, McAfee had acquired Calgary, 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. The FSA team also oversaw the creation of a number of other technologies that were leading edge at the time, including firewall, file encryption, and public key infrastructure product lines. While those product lines had their own individual successes including PowerBroker, written by Dean Huxley and Dan Freedman and now sold by Symark Software), the growth of antivirus always outpaced the growth of the other security product lines. It is fair to say that the company remains best known for its antivirus and antispam product lines.
On June 9, 1998 Network Associates agreed to acquire Dr Solomon's Group P.L.C, the leading European manufacturer of Antivirus software, for $642 million in stock.
On April 2, 2003, McAfee acquired IntruVert Networks for $100 million. According to Network World, "IntruVert's technology focus is on intrusion-prevention, which entails not just detecting attacks, but blocking them. The IntruVert product line can be used as a passive intrusion-detection system, just watching and reporting, or it can be used in the intrusion-prevention mode of blocking a perceived attack."
On April 5, 2006, McAfee bought out SiteAdvisor for a reputed $70 million in competition with Symantec, a service that warns users if downloading software or filling out forms on a site may obtain malware or spam. In January 2006, McAfee agreed to pay a fine of US$50 million to the SEC for a practice known as channel stuffing that served to inflate their revenue to their investors.
In October 2006 McAfee fired their President Kevin Weiss and their CEO George Samaneuk resigned under the cloud of a recent SEC investigation which also caused the departure of Kent Roberts, the General Counsel, earlier in the year. In late December 2006 both Weiss and Samaneuk had share option grant prices revised upwards by McAfee's board.
In January 2007 under pressure from ex-employees worldwide, several of which backed a class action in the US, McAfee agreed to honor share options granted but which are unable to be exercised due to the self-imposed blackout on employee options dealing.
On March 5, 2007 McAfee named Dave DeWalt chief executive officer and president. He has replaced interim CEO Dale Fuller. Fuller will remain on McAfee's Board. DeWalt is expected to be named to the board of McAfee.
McAfee has developed a number of product packages for their customers, the most recent ones being for consumer McAfee Total Protection and for business McAfee Total Protection - SMB, McAfee Total Protection - SMB, Advanced, McAfee Total Protection - Enterprise and McAfee Total Protection - Enterprise - Advanced. McAfee Total Protection - Consumer combines a number of security tools and is meant to compete with bundled solutions such as Symantec's Norton 360 and Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare.
History from Wikipedia and OldCompanyResearch.com (old stock certificate research service).
Srivats Sampath - President & CEO
Srivats was most recently with McAfee.com before merging the company with Network Associates (NYSE:MFE) in October 2002. He served as McAfee.com's founder, President and Chief Executive Officer from December 1998, guiding the company through a successful IPO in December 1999, achieving "the top 5 performing stocks" ranking on NASDAQ for CY 2001 and eventually helping it grow into the largest managed consumer security services company with over 4m paid subscribers.
Prior to founding McAfee.com, Srivats was with Netscape Communications, a provider of Internet software and services, as Vice President of Server Product Marketing. From June 1993 to June 1996, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Discussions Corporation, a company he founded to develop email based groupware solutions. Srivats also worked as Director of Product Marketing for Network and Security Products for Central Point Software, Inc. and was the Chief Architect and co-founder of the LAN Enhancement Operations and Microcomputer Communications Division of Intel Corporation.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.