Sourcefire Corporate Blog

08 Oct 2013

ONE Team - Sourcefire is now part of Cisco

posted by Martin Roesch

Cisco’s acquisition of Sourcefire officially closed yesterday and we begin a new chapter as one team, focused on delivering threat-centric security solutions. As our leadership teams have come together over the past several weeks to develop our strategy for future success, I can tell you with certainty that this is a great match for Sourcefire, for Cisco and, ultimately, for our customers, partners and open source communities.

From a technology perspective, after having dedicated 15 years to Snort and then to Sourcefire, it’s personally gratifying to be part of building this strong foundation. As one team, we 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. It’s the new model of security I’ve been talking about for some time.  Now working as part of the Cisco team, led by Chris Young, we can accelerate execution of this vision and make this even more impactful.

Beyond the technology, one of the things that is important to me is that Cisco and Sourcefire both share key values that transcend our company names, HQ locations and number of employees. Much like Sourcefire’s Firemen Principles, you can be confident that these values will continue as one team at Cisco.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sentimental. When I think back when I was in my spare bedroom writing Snort, I never imagined it would be foundational to building a great company followed by an acquisition by one of the largest technology companies in the world. And I am so grateful to my dedicated team; I could not have done this alone.

My excitement over the opportunity, however, far outweighs the nostalgia. In my new role as vice president and chief architect of Cisco’s Security Business Group, I can assure you that Sourcefire’s standard for security innovation will thrive under Cisco with our shared commitment to provide market-leading, threat-focused capabilities. Together with a stronger-than-ever technology and channel partner ecosystem, we will deliver the most comprehensive advanced threat protection and the industry’s broadest set of enforcement and remediation options.

Today is a major milestone in the history of Sourcefire, but it is only the first step along a new journey. Expect more great things as we continue down this path as ONE team.

Thank you for everything.



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