Sourcefire (NASDAQ:FIRE) has built its brand and reputation over the last decade on top of its Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and the open source SNORT IPS project.
Sourcefire is now moving beyond IPS with new Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) technology that provides context awareness and deep packet inspection capabilities to help secure enterprise networks.
The new products include the 3D8140 NGFW Edition which delivers up to 10 Gbps of stateful packet inspection and the 3D8250 NGFW that provides up to 20 Gbps of packet inspection. David Stuart, Director of Product Marketing at Sourcefire told InternetNews.com that the new platform use the same Linux powered base that powers the other elements of the Sourcefire 3D portfolio.
“These appliances can be configured and deployed as either as an IPS or as an IPS with a Firewall just at the switch of a software key,” Stuart said. Sourcefire first announced their intention to enter the firewall space last year. A key part of the NGFW architecture is context awareness for the traffic analysis. Sourcefire’s FireSIGHT technology delivers the context awareness piece that provides real-time network visibility and user awareness