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Sourcefire and Qualys Partner to Deliver Real-Time Risk Analysis Capabilities

Integration of Sourcefire 3D System and QualysGuard Enables Organizations to Lower Total Cost of Ownership by Further Reducing Number of Actionable Network Threats

Columbia, Md. and Redwood City, Ca. - July 22, 2009 - Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), a leader in Cybersecurity, and Qualys®, Inc., the leading provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions, today announced that Sourcefire® has become a Qualys Solution Partner and the companies have integrated the Sourcefire 3D® System with QualysGuard®.

The combination of Sourcefire and Qualys enables organizations to further reduce the number of actionable network threats by leveraging Sourcefire Defense Center® to correlate threats detected by Sourcefire’s intrusion prevention system against host vulnerabilities identified by QualysGuard. With Sourcefire and Qualys working in tandem, the number of actionable network threats detected by the Sourcefire IPS can be vastly reduced, leading to increased security and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Through our innovative partnership with Sourcefire, customers are able to gain increased insight into the relevancy of attacks, so that they can focus on those threats that matter most,” said Wolfgang Kandek, Chief Technology Officer at Qualys.

This integration provides customers with the ability to import QualysGuard scan data into the Sourcefire RNA® (Real-time Network Awareness) host database, combining real-time network discovery information with active vulnerability scan data. This enables users to quickly determine if a host is actually vulnerable to a given exploit, saving valuable analysis time.

“Organizations waste a lot of time addressing threats that actually have no impact to their networks,” said Martin Roesch, Founder and CTO at Sourcefire. “By combining RNA’s real-time network intelligence with Qualys’ active scan data, the Sourcefire 3D System can now reduce the number of actionable alerts and allows the customer to focus on the ones that actually impact their environment.”

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc. is the leading provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions – delivered as a service. Qualys’ Software-as-a-Service solutions are deployed in a matter of hours anywhere in the world, providing customers an immediate and continuous view of their security and compliance postures.

The QualysGuard® service is used today by more than 3,500 organizations in 85 countries, including 40 of the Fortune Global 100 and performs more than 200 million IP audits per year. Qualys has the largest vulnerability management deployment in the world at a Fortune Global 50 company.

Qualys has established strategic agreements with leading managed service providers and consulting organizations including BT, Etisalat, Fujitsu, IBM, I(TS)2, LAC, NTT, SecureWorks, Symantec, Tata Communications, TELUS and VeriSign. For more information, please visit

About Sourcefire

Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), is a world leader in cybersecurity. Sourcefire is transforming the way Global 2000 organizations and government agencies manage and minimize network security risk. Sourcefire’s IPS and real-time adaptive security solutions provide security for the real world of dynamic networks and escalating threats. Today, the names Sourcefire and Snort® have grown synonymous with innovation and cybersecurity.

The award-winning Sourcefire 3D® System is a Real-time Adaptive Security solution that leverages Snort, the de facto standard for intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS). One of the core components of the 3D System is Sourcefire RNA® (Real-time Network Awareness). RNA passively aggregates network intelligence and presents a real-time inventory of operating systems, applications, and potential vulnerabilities on the network. The 3D System imports QualysGuard scan data into the RNA host database, providing a unique combination of “always-on” passive discovery and accurate vulnerability scanning. Users can quickly determine if a host is vulnerable to a given exploit, saving valuable analysis time. For more information, please visit


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