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August 9, 2009

Sourcefire, Bradford team up for remediation capabilities

To identify threats and changes in real-time

By CBR Staff Writer

Snort creator Sourcefire and provider of network access control (NAC) products Bradford Networks have integrated the Sourcefire 3D System with Bradford’s Campus Manager and NAC Director for automated remediation against attacks, vulnerabilities or policy violations.

Through this collaboration, Sourcefire’s intrusion prevention system (IPS) with RNA (Real-time Network Awareness) will alert Bradford’s network access control (NAC) product to network events that require action or remediation, such as limiting network access or denying it all together, the company said.

This combination of technology is said to enable users to monitor and respond to issues arising from unauthorised users, devices, access or activities.

The company claimed that this integration provides users with the following capabilities: if the Sourcefire IPSTM detects a malicious or compromised host inside the network, it can alert Bradford NAC Director or Campus Manager to quarantine that host; and if a host violates a Sourcefire compliance rule or white list, Bradford NAC Director or Campus Manager can quarantine that host.

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The company claimed that the combination of intrusion prevention capabilities and RNA visibility enables the Sourcefire 3D System to identify threats and changes in real-time, so that users can customise and monitor security policies. Bradford NAC Director automatically identifies authorised users, registered devices and verifies device compliance before granting network access.

Matt McCormick, vice president of business development at Sourcefire, said: The Sourcefire 3D System is much more than an IPS; it provides users with increased visibility into the systems, users and traffic on the network. This integration with Bradford Networks provides customers the ability to leverage Sourcefire’s leading intrusion prevention and network intelligence capabilities for improved network protection and compliance policy enforcement.

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