Cisco Completes Acquisition of Sourcefire

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Sourcefire

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On October 7, 2013 Cisco completed the acquisition of Sourcefire, a leader in intelligent cyber security solutions. With the close of this acquisition, Cisco will provide one of the industry's most comprehensive advanced threat protection portfolios, as well as a broad set of enforcement and remediation options that are integrated, pervasive, continuous and open.

The increased scrutiny on security is being driven by the evolving trends of mobility, cloud computing, and advanced targeted attacks. More than the attacks themselves, a major consideration is the change in what defines a network, which goes beyond traditional walls and includes data centers, endpoints, virtual and mobile to make up the extended network. A threat-centric security model lets customers address the full attack continuum, across all attack vectors, and respond at any time, all the time.

Cisco and Sourcefire customers will benefit from Cisco's commitment to drive forward both the ASA and FirePOWER platforms. Cisco is also committed to open source innovation and will continue to support Snort, ClamAV and other open source projects.

Q: Why is Cisco acquiring a security company like Sourcefire now?
A: The acquisition of Sourcefire reinforces Cisco's commitment to providing customers with one of the industry's most comprehensive advanced threat protection portfolios, as well as the broadest set of enforcement and remediation options that are integrated, pervasive, continuous and open. Cisco's broad portfolio of integrated solutions delivers unmatched visibility and continuous advanced threat protection across the entire attack continuum, allowing customers to act smarter and more quickly — before, during, and after an attack.
Q: What is the strategic importance of the Sourcefire acquisition to Cisco's Security strategy?
A: The increased scrutiny on security is being driven by the evolving trends of mobility, cloud computing, and advanced targeted attacks. More than the attacks themselves, a major consideration is the change in what defines a network, which goes beyond traditional walls and includes data centers, endpoints, virtual and mobile to make up the extended network. To truly protect against all possible attack vectors, we have to accept the nature of modern networked environments and devices and start defending them by understanding attackers and thinking like defenders responsible for securing their infrastructure. A threat-centric security model lets defenders address the full attack continuum, across all attack vectors, and respond at any time, all the time. Cisco's portfolio of integrated solutions deliver unmatched visibility and continuous advanced threat protection, allowing customers to act smarter and more quickly — before, during, and after an attack.
Q: What are the plans for Cisco integrated IPS on ASA?
A: The ASA is an industry leading firewall and Cisco intends to continue to aggressively invest and evolve the ASA. Specifically, Cisco intends to utilize the Snort engine and signature set as part of the ASA integrated IPS offers. This is in-line with the architectural evolution that was already planned as part of the Cisco platform evolution and is consistent with Cisco's commitment to growing the Snort open source community and Snort usage across the industry.
Q: What are Cisco's plans for the Sourcefire FirePOWER Platforms?
A: Sourcefire's FirePOWER platform is a powerful, integrated multi-service security appliance which aligns very well to Cisco's overall platform strategy. The FirePOWER platform performance and efficacy has been demonstrated by NSS Labs and other independent 3rd party tests. After close, Cisco intends to build upon this success and plans to further accelerate the roadmap and adoption of the FIrePOWER platform.
Q: What are Cisco's plans for Snort? The open-source standard is widely in use by Fortune 500 companies.
Snort is one of the many key assets to Sourcefire's product portfolio. Cisco is very committed to open source innovation, including Snort.
Q: What happens to the existing open source communities?
A: Cisco is committed to supporting open source communities to help protect users and organizations. There will be no changes to how the communities are managed or community communications. Mailing lists, snort.org, clamav.net and social media properties will remain the same.

Sourcefire Customers

If you are an existing customer or partner of Sourcefire and have questions about our products and services, please continue to contact your existing Sourcefire sales representative or email us at sac-support@cisco.com.

Cisco Customers

If you are an existing Cisco customer or partner and have questions about your product or services, please continue to contact your existing Cisco sales representative or partner or email us at sac-support@cisco.com.

Sourcefire customers should continue to use the existing process for support on installed Sourcefire products. Cisco will notify you well in advance of any change to the support process.

Cisco Customers should continue to use the Cisco TAC for technical support on Cisco products. For more information about opening a technical support case and for regional TAC telephone numbers, refer to Cisco Worldwide Support Contacts.

For more information, visit the Service and Support for Sourcefire Acquisition website.

The Cisco acquisition of Sourcefire helps Partners to be more competitive and profitable in offering a complete set of security products and services.

  • Partners can work with one vendor to offer a wide range of industry leading security offerings.
  • The Cisco Sourcefire acquisition will help Partners be more competitive in the security space.
  • Cisco supports its Partners in building their security business. 

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In order to access more information about the Sourcefire Integration, please visit the Sourcefire Integration Partner Community. Cisco Partner access is required to view this community.

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Accelerates Cisco Security Strategy

The Sourcefire acquisition accelerates Cisco's security strategy of increased intelligence and expanded threat protection across the entire attack continuum.

With the acquisition, Cisco will provide a broad portfolio of integrated solutions that deliver unmatched visibility and continuous advanced threat protection across the entire attack continuum, allowing customers to act smarter and more quickly -- before, during, and after an attack.