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Sourcefire joins MAPP partnership

Sourcefire : 16 October, 2008  (Company News)
Partnership in Microsoft program enables Sourcefire to develop protection against emerging IT security threats
Open source innovator and Snort creator, Sourcefire will receive vulnerability information from Microsoft in advance of monthly security bulletins through its participation in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP). MAPP, a new program from the Microsoft Security Response Centre (MSRC), provides vulnerability information to security software providers in advance of Microsoft's monthly security update release.

As a partner in MAPP, the early notification will help the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) better anticipate emerging threats and continue its track record of delivering timely protection against new and dynamic attacks.

"Security is an industry-wide challenge, and through our participation in the Microsoft Active Protections Program, Sourcefire is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring the continued safety and integrity of our customers' networks," said Matt Watchinski, Senior Director of the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team. "By writing rules designed to detect all attempts to exploit a vulnerability, instead of just the exploits themselves, the VRT takes a comprehensive approach to protecting its users' assets. The MAPP program is evidence that Microsoft shares our commitment to delivering comprehensive security solutions"

The Sourcefire VRT is a group of leading edge intrusion detection and prevention experts working to discover, assess and respond to the latest trends in hacking activity, intrusion attempts and vulnerabilities. In addition to MAPP, the VRT is supported by the vast resources of the open source Snort community; including public and private data feeds,independent security researchers and honeynets. This collaborative network makes the VRT one of the largest groups dedicated to advances in the network security industry. Because the VRT will now be receiving vulnerability information earlier, Sourcefire customers can benefit from improvements to Sourcefire's industry leading rule development and update process.

These enhancements may include:

• Faster rule development
• Improved detection rates
• Fewer false positives

"Our partners share our passion for industry collaboration to protect a world full of Internet users," said Mark Miller, Director of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing product management. "No one company can accomplish this by itself. That is why we are partnering with Sourcefire to advance and improve security."
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