Sourcefire Takes ClamAV

by admin August 20, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Sourcefire, the company behind leading open source intrusion detection system Snort, is acquiring the open source antivirus project ClamAV. The move joins two widely used open source security tools under one corporate umbrella, as Sourcefire ramps up its efforts in the multi-billion-dollar security gateway market.

Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sourcefire, noted on an investor conference call that there is strategic significance in bringing together two of the industry’s most important open source technologies together.

“This acquisition broadens and effectively doubles Sourcefire’s open source footprint, and it also opens substantial new opportunities in a large and rapidly growing commercial market,” Jackson said.

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