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  • 31 March 2011 09:37

Sourcefire Enables Application Control Within Virtual Environments

Sourcefire Integration with VMware vsShield Delivers Application Control and Dynamic Enforcement of Security Policies

Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), the creator of Snort® and a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today announced integration between Sourcefire® and VMware vShield™ App and vShield Edge. The integrations enable the Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) to configure VMware vShield App or vShield Edge to dynamically restrict any policy-violating activity within a customer’s virtual environment. The Sourcefire IPSTM integrated with VMware vShield products provides users with application detection, application control and real-time adaptive security.

“According to a 2010 survey of enterprise users by Prism Microsystems, 60 percent will virtualise their production servers by the end of 2011, but only 20 percent have deployed specific security technologies or strategies for the virtual environment,” said Martin Roesch, Chief Technology Officer at Sourcefire. “This leaves a significant hole in most organisations’ security postures – especially as more customers begin employing these systems to support critical applications. Sourcefire and VMware are working together to help ensure that virtual environments are protected, by providing simple integration that enables sophisticated policy enforcement.”

With this ability to enforce security policies, the integration between Sourcefire and VMware vShield solutions helps users reduce the risk of a security breach or data loss. The Sourcefire IPS monitors real-time network and user activity in a virtual environment, detecting policy violations such as the use of unauthorised applications on non-standard ports or unpermitted access to a critical host. When a violation is identified, Sourcefire uses VMware vShield APIs to dynamically configure vShield App or vShield Edge to restrict the activity causing the violation. To provide automation and minimise administrator intervention, Sourcefire tracks when configuration changes are made and automatically removes restrictions after a specified time interval.

“As organisations move to cloud environments, they need to re-examine the way they protect key IT services,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “This integration with Sourcefire is an important step in enabling users to secure their virtual and cloud environments to enforce compliance while leveraging the technology they already know and trust to protect their physical systems.” About Sourcefire Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), is a world leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions. Sourcefire is transforming the way Global 2000 organisations and government agencies manage and minimise network security risks. Sourcefire’s IPS, Real-time Network Awareness and Real-time Adaptive Security solutions equip 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 recognised for its innovation and industry leadership by customers, media and industry analysts alike – with more than 50 awards and accolades. Today, the name Sourcefire has grown synonymous with innovation and network security intelligence. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit

SOURCEFIRE®, Sourcefire IPS™, SNORT®, RAZORBACK™, the Sourcefire logo, the Snort and Pig logo, SECURITY FOR THE REAL WORLD™, SOURCEFIRE DEFENSE CENTER®, SOURCEFIRE 3D®, RNA®, RUA®, DAEMONLOGGER™, CLAMAV®, IMMUNET™ and certain other trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sourcefire, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. VMware and VMware vShield are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.

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