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Sourcefire Launches Enterprise Threat Management Solution

July 10, 2007

The company's 3D Sensor delivers leading-edge protection for 10-Gbps Ethernet and IPv6 networks.


COLUMBIA, MD /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Open source innovator and Snort creator, Sourcefire Inc., announced the upcoming release of the Sourcefire 3D9800 sensor, which will enable users to protect their highest-performing network segments with a single appliance that integrates the company's leading Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Network Behavior Analysis (NBA), Network Access Control (NAC), and Vulnerability Assessment (VA) solutions. The 3D9800 Sensor is designed to meet the performance demands of 10-Gbps Ethernet networks and will provide support for the latest IPv6 deployments.

"Sourcefire's customers require security solutions that can keep pace with their infrastructure investments," said Tom Ashoff, Vice President of Engineering at Sourcefire. "Sourcefire is continually delivering security solutions that don't just meet our customers' current needs, but that also protect their assets in the future as their network configurations and speeds change. Our new 3D9800 Sensor is designed to provide customers with the ability to upgrade their networks without worrying about whether they are still protected."

For large environments with significant amounts of network traffic, the 3D9800 Sensor will enable users to protect their high-throughput core networks from one central location, reducing the effort and complexity of threat management. With 12 cores dedicated to application processing, the 3D9800 Sensor will deliver robust traffic-handling capabilities to enterprise threat management (ETM) applications. With up to two Network Interface Modules, the 3D9800 Sensor will offer high port density, enabling users to leverage up to 24 ports, depending on their network requirements. Both 10-Gbps and 1-Gbps network connectivity options will be available, ensuring that users can customize the sensor to their specific network speeds. The 3D9800 Sensor will also provide users with a highly redundant, fault-tolerant architecture to support a company's most critical network segments.

Built on a common foundation of network and user intelligence, the Sourcefire 3D System unifies four key ETM solutions—IPS, NBA, NAC and VA—to defend enterprise networks at all stages of the attack continuum—before, during, and after the attack. Sourcefire is the "first network security vendor to integrate all four ETM components under the same management console," affording customers with both efficient and effective means for defending complex networks against today's most costly threats.

With detailed IPv6 packet analysis, Sourcefire 3D Sensors will provide users the ability to prevent attacks in both native and tunneled IPv6 traffic. They also will enable users to stop evasions in IPv6 traffic and to protect IPv6-enabled systems residing on IPv4 networks. As the U.S. government prepares to meet the June 2008 deadline mandated by the Office of Management and Budget for upgrading network security products to IPv6, Sourcefire will enable organizations to protect their most critical assets within these next-generation networking environments.

The 3D9800 is expected to be available during the second half of 2007.

About Sourcefire
Sourcefire Inc., Snort creator and open source innovator, is a world leader in ETM solutions. Sourcefire is transforming the way Global 2000 organizations and government agencies manage and minimize network security risks with its 3D Approach—discover, determine, defend—to securing real networks. The Sourcefire 3D System is the first to unify IPS, NBA, NAC, and VA technologies under the same management console. This ETM approach equips customers with an efficient and effective layered security defense, protecting network assets before, during, and after an attack. Through the years, Sourcefire has been consistently recognized for its innovation and industry leadership by customers, media, and industry analysts alike, with more than 30 awards and accolades. Recently, Sourcefire was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances 2H06" report, and the Sourcefire 3D System was named "Best Security Solution" at the 2006 SC Magazine Awards. "Today, the names Sourcefire and founder Martin Roesch have grown synonymous with innovation and network security intelligence." For more information about Sourcefire, please visit the company's Web site.

Sourcefire, Snort, the Sourcefire logo, the Snort and Pig logo, Security for the Real World, Sourcefire Defense Center, Sourcefire 3D, RNA, Daemonlogger, and certain other trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sourcefire Inc. in the United States and other countries.


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