Sourcefire Named Frost & Sullivan’s 2005 Network Security Infrastructure Protection Company of the Year

Scottsdale, AZ — January 12, 2005 — Frost & Sullivan will present Sourcefire, Inc. with the 2005 Network Security Infrastructure Protection Company of the Year Award at tonight’s Excellence in Information & Communications Technologies Awards Banquet.

Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to the company that demonstrated excellence in all operations. Sourcefire is recognized for its numerous achievements including unique product strategy, important technological developments, and significant gain in market share.

Sourcefire offers leading threat management solutions with flexible and precise intrusion detection, prevention and network discovery technologies available. The company was originally founded to develop products that would add impressive management features and commercialize the open-source detection system (IDS), Snort, which was created by the company’s CTO and founder, Martin Roesch.

Since its inception, the company has introduced the Sourcefire 3D System appliances, including Sourcefire Intrusion Sensors, Sourcefire RNA Sensors, and the Sourcefire Defense Center in 2002. Sourcefire also delivers Intrusion Agents that allow the users of the open source Snort system to be able to plug into the Sourcefire 3D System.

"Sourcefire Intrusion Sensors, built on the open source Snort rules-based detection engine code base, provide a powerful combination of signature, protocol, and anomaly-based inspection methods to provide attack detection and prevention capability," stated Frost & Sullivan Security Technologies program leader Jason Wright.

Last year, Sourcefire introduced the unique Sourcefire RNA Sensors, which continually monitor all network assets including servers, routers, PC’s, firewalls, and wireless access points to present a real-time view and highly detailed profiles of all network assets. The information collected by the RNA system is leveraged to increase the accuracy of IDS/IPS sensors by eliminating alerts pertinent to systems that may not exist on a network. With this combination of RNA’s commercial innovation and Snort’s open source roots, Sourcefire is providing customers with a complete system that provides significant benefits over pure open source or commercial tools.

"Sourcefire is one of the few companies that have been able to leverage their contribution to the open source software community to add valuable licensed products," adds Wright.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes Sourcefire for its unique product strategy, significant developments in related network discovery technology, and its achievement in gaining a significant market share against well entrenched competitors through its innovative business model.

Held in Scottsdale, Frost & Sullivan’s 2005 Excellence in Information & Communications Technologies Awards Banquet honors world-class companies for outstanding performance and achievements in the information & communications technologies markets. An annual event, the banquet recognizes the quality and merit of distinguished individuals and companies.

In addition to accolades from Frost & Sullivan, Sourcefire’s leading solutions and business growth continue to win the company awards from the business and IT communities in the US and Europe. The company was recently selected by a panel of independent judges to exhibit its solutions within the prestigious Innovation Station at the RSA conference in February. It was also named the #2 Rising Star in the nation on the 2004 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the fastest growing technology companies in North America.

About Sourcefire, Inc.

Sourcefire, Inc., the world leader in real-time network defense solutions, is transforming the way organizations manage and minimize network security risks with its 3D Approach - Discover, Determine, Defend - to securing real networks in real-time. The company's groundbreaking network defense system unifies intrusion and vulnerability management technologies to provide customers with the most effective network security available. Founded in 2001 by the creator of Snort, Sourcefire is headquartered in Columbia, MD and has received numerous accolades including being named a 2004 Company to Watch by Network Computing Magazine and selected as one of the Red Herring Top 100 privately held companies. At work in leading Fortune 1000 and government agencies, the names Sourcefire and founder Martin Roesch have grown synonymous with innovation and intelligence in network security. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit

About Frost & Sullivan

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