Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Sourcefire for Next-Generation IPS

The FirePOWER network-based platform provides unrivaled deployment flexibility, adaptability, and performance

May 14, 2013, 09:00 ET from Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the intrusion prevention systems (IPS) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Sourcefire, Inc., (Nasdaq: FIRE) with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. The company's dedication to understanding, detecting, and blocking the most advanced enterprise network threats has enabled its Sourcefire Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS) solution to stand out from the competition. In addition, the firm provides exceptional customer value in terms of deployment flexibility, adaptability, and performance.

Sourcefire NGIPS delivers enhanced contextual awareness, security automation, network behavior analysis, file type detection, and custom rule creation. Moreover, the platform's flexibility allows customers to easily scale up their security architecture as their network and security requirements evolve.

"Sourcefire NGIPS can be upgraded to next-generation firewalls (NGFW) through a simple license upgrade that will not impede IPS capabilities," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Chris Rodriguez. "Sourcefire NGFW features include essential security functionalities such as URL filtering, user awareness and control, application visibility and control, and stateful inspection firewall. By comparison, competitors' NGFW products have limited IPS functionalities."

Sourcefire NGIPS is powered by FirePOWER™, the company's network-based platform. Sourcefire's NGIPS allow customers to support increasing throughput needs by swapping out network modules and reconfiguring devices as their networks grow. Additionally, Sourcefire NGIPS enables automatic updates and intelligent policy tuning that simplifies the security process for customers, creating better network protection while freeing up network administrators for other projects.

To detect new attacks and protect endpoint customer networks, the company introduced advanced malware protection for FirePOWER, which NGIPS or NGFW users can deploy by obtaining a license. The network feature works with FireAMP™, the company's host-based solution for endpoints, mobile and virtual, to address malware threats across the entire attack continuum.

These advanced malware protection solutions apply big data analytics to identify and understand targeted, sophisticated attacks. The company has further widened its portfolio to offer continuous file analysis, retrospective security, and complementary incident response services.

As testimony to its security proficiency, Sourcefire NGIPS has been added to the United States Department of Defense's list of unified capability products as one of five vendors approved for 2013 and one of two vendors approved through 2015.

"Sourcefire has been acknowledged as a leading provider of quality IPS products, with its NGIPS solutions leading the market in terms of out-of-the-box and tuned protection performance," noted Rodriguez. "Most importantly, Sourcefire NGIPS guarantees an advanced level of protection and stability that similar security technologies are unable to match."

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrates innovation in product features and functionality that provides enhanced quality and higher value to customers. The award recognizes the rapid acceptance such innovation finds in the marketplace.

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About Sourcefire Inc

Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), a world leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, is transforming the way global large- to mid-size organizations and government agencies manage and minimize security risks to their dynamic networks, endpoints, mobile devices and virtual environments. With solutions from a next-generation network security platform to advanced malware protection, Sourcefire's threat-centric approach provides customers with Agile Security® that delivers protection before, during and after an attack. Trusted for more than 10 years, Sourcefire has earned a reputation for innovation, consistent security effectiveness and world-class research all focused on detecting, understanding and stopping threats. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit

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