Sourcefire 3D System chosen to improve efficiency and ensure security
Wokingham, UK – 30th March 2009 – Open source innovator and SNORT® creator, Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), a leader in Enterprise Threat Management, today announced that Halesowen College, a further education establishment based in the West Midlands, has chosen the market leading Sourcefire 3D® System, with Sourcefire RNA® (Real-time Network Awareness), to monitor and protect its Local Area Network (LAN). Using Sourcefire has greatly improved efficiency for Halesowen, which has been able to save 15 man-hours a week in monitoring.
Halesowen has around 1,700 personal computers across three campus’, which are supported by a variety of networks, and managed internally. In a typical year, Halesowen has around 4,000 full-time students, as well as 4,000 part-time students. Following an increase in service requirements, the college decided it needed a more commercial solution to replace its open source Snort system, so that it could: reduce the pressure on the IT team, demonstrate it is following best practices, and increase its ability to react to security threats.
Will Davidson, Technical Resources Director for Halesowen, comments:
“We found Snort could spot threats very well, but we were being overloaded with information and it was hard to see the wood for the trees. Sourcefire’s threat analysis and RNA functions really stood out because they correlate context and data so that you are only alerted to threats that you need to act upon. We considered TippingPoint and Cisco, but the Sourcefire solution ticked all our boxes and came in within budget, so it was an easy choice.”
Halesowen has installed two Sourcefire 3D sensors across its three sites, one to monitor the college’s Internet connection and the other one for its wireless networks. This gives the college all the network defence capabilities of its previous Snort system, along with more in-depth network and security information, by combining a number of security technologies to provide complete visibility of all network traffic. Additionally, it has deployed Sourcefire RNA to gather network intelligence, with all information feeding into the central Defence Centre. Davidson continues:
“The impact flagging and alerts are fantastic. They’re very quick to come through, we get all the information in real-time, and it gives you added confidence that the product is doing its job. RNA provides an even finer level of control so that we get far less false positives, which is excellent. As a result we have made huge efficiency gains, with RNA giving our team back 15 hours a week. Additionally the read out and logs provide us with an audit trail that demonstrates we are following best practices. I’d happily recommend Sourcefire. We now have total confidence that our systems are secure and important resources aren’t being wasted. It’s made a huge difference.”
Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), Snort creator and open source innovator, is a world leader in Enterprise Threat Management (ETM) solutions. Sourcefire is transforming the way Global 2000 organizations and government agencies manage and minimize network security risks with its 3D Approach - Discover, Determine, Defend - to securing real networks. This ETM approach equips customers with an efficient and effective layered security defense - protecting network assets before, during and after an attack. The names Sourcefire and founder Martin Roesch have grown synonymous with innovation and network security intelligence. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit http://www.sourcefire.com.
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About Halesowen College
Halesowen College has a reputation for high standards and high student achievement. Its outstanding local campus provides an exceptional learning environment, designed to meet students’ expectations. The college offers exceptional support and opportunities for students making the transition from school to higher education or the career of their choice.
The College offers the broadest range of provision in the region with over 40 AS/A Level subjects and 70 vocational programmes, including work based learning.
An extensive range of options enriches Halesowen’s students’ learning. This includes the new Collegiate programme provided for gifted and talented young people aspiring for higher education. The College appears consistently in the top 10 percent of colleges for examination performance.
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