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Security for the Real World

Sourcefire® was founded in 2001 by Martin Roesch, the creator of SNORT®, the open source technology that has become the de facto standard for intrusion detection and prevention. To date, there have been over 3,000,000 downloads of Snort around the world. Sourcefire is committed to advancing open source technology and maintains close ties with the Snort user community.

Sourcefire is a world leader in intrusion prevention, transforming the way organizations manage and minimize network security risks and threats.

Sourcefire's ground-breaking 3D approach—Discover, Determine, Defend—is a unified defense system that combines intrusion and vulnerability management technologies to provide customers with some of the most effective, real-time, network security available.

Most Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) can block known threats during the attack at the perimeter. However, that is not enough anymore. More and more attacks and risks are emerging from inside the network. Nor can network security professionals continue to patch the problem with another software package. Organizations need an intrusion prevention process—one that will prevent network threats before, during, and after an attack.

That is why Sourcefire created the Sourcefire 3D System™. With it, network security professionals get an intelligent, unified defense system that is:


  • Comprehensive—integrating threat, endpoint, and network intelligence. SC Magazine compared it to 11 other IPS solutions and recognized it as the most comprehensive—and the best value.
  • Highly automated—giving context for smarter, better decisions and automation when needed.
  • Policy driven—the Sourcefire 3D System offers a multi-level, integrated approach that ensures thorough compliance enforcement and documentation.
  • Infrastructure agnostic—allowing existing investments to be leveraged and not locking customers into one approach.
  • Built on a proven technology—Sourcefire is built on Snort.

Sourcefire's leadership and ability to deliver has been recognized in the Gartner research note, "Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances." Since 2005, Sourcefire has received nearly two dozen industry and business accolades including being:

  • Named "Best Security Solution"—SC Magazine, 2006
  • Selected as "Security Product of the Year"—NetEvents, 2006
  • Included as one of the "Hot Companies for 2006"—Info Security Product Guide,2006
  • Chosen as the recipient of  the British Computer Society?s "Information Management (IM) Award for Information Security"—BCS, 2005
  • Given "NSS Gold Certification"—only fifth product in history, The NSS Group, 2005
  • Named as "Top 100 Private Companies" award winner for last three years—AlwaysOn, 2006
  • Selected as "Network Security Infrastructure Protection Company of the Year"—Frost & Sullivan, 2005
  • Won RSA?s "Innovation Station Award"—given to the company viewed as the most innovative, commercially viable and likely to succeed, RSA, 2005

Sourcefire also has strategic alliances with industry leaders such as Bivio, Crossbeam Systems, IBM, Nokia, and Nortel.

The company's initial growth was funded through four separate rounds of financing raising a total of $56.5 million from venture investors such as Sierra Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Sequoia Capital, Core Capital Partners, Inflection Point Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners and Cross Creek Capital, L.P., a venture fund whose general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wasatch Advisors, Inc.

In March 2007, Sourcefire completed an initial public offering raising $86.3 million. The sole book-running manager of the offering was Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. Lehman Brothers Inc. acted as co-lead manager and UBS Securities LLC and Jefferies & Company, Inc. served as co-managers. A copy of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained by emailing , or by contacting the prospectus department at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, 1585 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 (212-761-6775).

Sourcefire is at work at small, medium, and large organizations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

In addition to providing unparalleled network security worldwide, the Sourcefire solution can help ensure and document that compliance requirements are met for the following organizational profiles in the United States:

  • Financial Services—the Basel II Capital Accord, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency regulations
  • Federal—FISMA
  • Healthcare—HIPAA
  • Organizations that maintain or purchase consumer personal information—State security breach laws
  • Publicly-trade companies—Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Retail/ecommerce—PCI standards

Additionally, Sourcefire solutions are used extensively in the U.S. Federal Government, with a variety of civilian agencies and military organizations purchasing from the GSA schedule.  All development for Sourcefire is done in the U.S., and Sourcefire products have received relevant security certifications.

The expertise supporting the technology is second to none. The Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) and Sourcefire's Technical Support Specialists uncover, track, and document vulnerabilities ?round the clock. Backed by the vast resources of the Snort user community, the Sourcefire experts are fully committed to advancing the network security industry.

As network threats evolve, network security professionals need more than just tools. Sourcefire has the process, the people, and the proven expertise to bring the most effective network security to today's enterprises.


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