SOURCE: NitroSecurity


February 22, 2010 09:00 ET

NitroSecurity Helps Open Information Security Foundation Develop New Suricata Intrusion Detection and Prevention Engine

PORTSMOUTH, NH--(Marketwire - February 22, 2010) - NitroSecurity, Inc., the leader in high-performance, content-aware security information and compliance management solutions, today announced continued support for open source security efforts through development contributions to the new Open Information Security Foundation (OISF).

The OISF is pioneering an entirely new intrusion detection and prevention engine built from the ground up to support next-generation detection requirements, filling a gap left after recent changes to Snort® GPL licensing. NitroSecurity, a recognized leader in IDS and IPS development and an original contributor of inline intrusion prevention technology to the open source Snort® detection engine, is providing engineering resources and expertise to OISF to support these goals.

"We're excited to have NitroSecurity join the foundation," said Matt Jonkman, founder of the OISF. "We've worked with the company before, as far back as the original days of inline detection. With decades of experience, NitroSecurity will be a valuable contributor."

The new engine, named "Suricata" after the Latin genus name for the meerkat, is a highly multi-threaded, protocol-aware deep packet inspection engine. Like its namesake, Suricata includes support for community-based security, where sensors and organizations share intelligence to eliminate many false positives.

"OISF is poised for success," said Salo Fajer, Chief Strategy Officer at NitroSecurity. "We've continuously added new innovations to our commercial NitroGuard Intrusion Prevention product line, and we're excited to contribute what we've learned to help make the next generation of intrusion detection and prevention a reality."

NitroSecurity will also offer full management support of the engine via NitroView Enterprise Security Manager, the industry's only FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified security information and event management (SIEM) platform for regulated federal and military networks.

With a weakened economy, a strong open source initiative will be very appealing to many organizations. There are an increasing number of complex threats to corporate and government information systems. A newer, more capable detection engine -- made readily available through the open source community -- might help give the advantage back to the White Hats.

OISF is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate's Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program. The foundation intends to introduce many long-requested capabilities in intrusion detection and prevention technology, including reputation sharing, and other distributed capabilities that allow groups of devices to operate together to better detect the types of distributed denial of service attacks recently used in foreign cyber-attacks against government and commercial websites in the United States.

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NitroSecurity develops award-winning security information and compliance management solutions that protect business information and infrastructure. NitroSecurity solutions reduce business risk exposure and increase network and information availability by removing the scalability and performance limitations of security information management. Utilizing the industry's fastest analytical tools, NitroSecurity identifies, correlates, and remediates threats in minutes instead of hours, allowing organizations to quickly mitigate risks to their information and infrastructure. NitroSecurity serves more than 500 enterprises across many vertical markets, including healthcare, education, financial services, government, retail, hospitality and managed services. For more information, please visit

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