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Enhanced protection for both virtual and physical environments

Sourcefire : 29 June, 2009  (New Product)
Sourcefire releases 3D System 4.9 with adaptive intruder prevention methods and improved usability
Open source innovator and Snort creator, Sourcefire has announced the Sourcefire 3D System 4.9, with the new Virtual 3D Sensor and Virtual Defence Centre. These new virtual appliances will enable users to deploy the company's leading security solutions within their virtual environments, increasing protection for both physical and virtual assets. Available during the second half of 2009, the Sourcefire 3D System 4.9 also features the industry's first Policy Layering capabilities that deliver increased customisation for large or multi-organisational networks, including cloud or virtual implementations.

With the new Virtual 3D Sensor and Virtual Defence Centre, Sourcefire is enabling customers to:

* Secure Virtualisation - Protecting virtual infrastructure from internal and external attacks with virtual security appliances

* Virtualise security - Making use of cost- and energy-saving benefits of virtual security appliances to improve security efficiency

As part of the Sourcefire 3D System 4.9, the new virtual appliances allow organisations to inspect traffic between virtual machines, while also making it easier to deploy and manage sensors at remote sites where resources may be limited. They also enable Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) and Cloud Computing companies to easily implement Sourcefire's leading security solutions for increased protection. MSSPs can configure multiple Virtual Defence Centres to support multiple customers from a single VMware server, increasing the efficiency of management efforts.

"As companies move more of their critical information and applications into virtual environments, it is becoming increasingly important to implement innovative security solutions to protect those assets," said Tom McDonough, President and COO at Sourcefire. "The new Virtual 3D Sensor and Defence Centre deliver leading protection for both physical and virtual environments, so that our customers are never forced to sacrifice security or efficiency. They will have the flexibility to select the physical or virtual solution to meet their specific infrastructure requirements."

Users can deploy Virtual 3D Sensors on VMware ESX and ESXi platforms to inspect traffic between two or more virtual machines (VMs), while also using physical Sourcefire 3D Sensors to inspect traffic going into and out of a VMware virtual environment. Deployed as software running within VMs, the Virtual 3D Sensor also makes it easier for users to inspect traffic on remote segments of the network where local IT security resources may not exist (eg, retail stores, remote offices) or where little rack space remains in the data centre.

The Virtual 3D Sensor will provide simultaneous execution of Sourcefire IPS, RNA (Real-time Network Awareness) and RUA (Real-time User Awareness) functions. Customers can deploy the Virtual Defence Centre to monitor any combination of up to 25 virtual or physical 3D Sensors. They can also opt to monitor their Virtual 3D Sensors from the same physical Defence Centre they use to monitor their physical 3D Sensors.

In addition to the new virtual appliances, Sourcefire 3D 4.9 delivers new policy management capabilities that allow organisations to easily customise security to support the varying user requirements of expansive multi-department/organisation networks, as well as Virtualisation and Cloud Computing implementations. With the industry's first Policy Layering capability, Sourcefire users can create policy "building blocks" to capture specific Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) requirements by organisation, by site, by department, or even by user.

Sourcefire is enhancing its market-leading dashboard to include new custom query widgets, providing users with increased control over the way data is presented. With Sourcefire 3D 4.9, Sourcefire is also improving the overall manageability and detection accuracy of RNA to include new application and service fingerprints, auto-configuration and simplified packet-level forensics.

The Sourcefire 3D System 4.9 release, including the Virtual 3D Sensors and Virtual Defence Centre, will be available during the second half of 2009. For more information, please contact a Sourcefire Sales representative or your local reseller.
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