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July 21, 2009

Sourcefire, Qualys team up to deliver risk analysis offerings

To enable organisations reduce the number of actionable network threats

By CBR Staff Writer

Sourcefire, a provider of Cybersecurity products, and Qualys, a provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management products, said that Sourcefire has become a Qualys Solution Partner and the companies have integrated the Sourcefire 3D System with QualysGuard.

The companies claim that the combination will enable organisations to reduce the number of actionable network threats by leveraging Sourcefire Defense Center to correlate threats detected by Sourcefire’s intrusion prevention system (IPS) against host vulnerabilities identified by QualysGuard.

Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at Qualys, said: “Through our innovative partnership with Sourcefire, customers are able to gain increased insight into the relevancy of attacks, so that they can focus on those threats that matter most.”

This integration reportedly allows customers to import QualysGuard scan data into the Sourcefire RNA (Real-time Network Awareness) host database, combining network discovery information with vulnerability scan data. This is said to allow users to determine if a host is actually vulnerable to a given exploit, saving analysis time.

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Martin Roesch, founder and CTO at Sourcefire, said: “Organisations waste a lot of time addressing threats that actually have no impact to their networks. By combining RNA’s real-time network intelligence with Qualys’ active scan data, the Sourcefire 3D System can now reduce the number of actionable alerts and allows the customer to focus on the ones that actually impact their environment.”

The Sourcefire 3D System provides network security products to protect network before, during, and after an attack. Sourcefire also offers open source Snort, the standard in intrusion prevention, and open source ClamAV, one of the most commonly used anti-malware products.

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