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Combining Rapid7 Security Intelligence with the Sourcefire 3D System Enables Comprehensive Alert Prioritisation and Malicious Intent Assessments Across More Applications

Wokingham, UK – 11th April 2011– Rapid7®, the leading provider of unified vulnerability management and penetration testing solutions and Sourcefire, Inc., the creator of Snort® and a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today announced a product integration designed to deliver increased threat protection to their customers. The Sourcefire 3D® System now seamlessly integrates active vulnerability data from Rapid7 NeXpose® Enterprise to enable efficient prioritisation of alerts and assessment of malicious intent. As a result, organisations achieve more effective threat impact analysis, covering a wider range of vulnerabilities across more applications, and extending current technology investments for increased security.

“Rapid7 and Sourcefire are two of the world's premier technology and research organisations that are deeply invested in supporting the open source security community and providing commercial products that help organizations reduce security risks,” said Mike Tuchen, president and CEO of Rapid7. “Our technologies have always been closely aligned and the integration of Sourcefire’s intrusion prevention system and Rapid7’s unified vulnerability management solution helps organisations focus on the threats with the greatest impact on an organisation.”

Through the integration, customers can achieve more effective impact analysis by leveraging vulnerability information acquired by both Rapid7’s active scanning solution, NeXpose, and Sourcefire’s awareness technologies. The collaboration effectively gives customers the best of both worlds: depth and breadth from active scanning, with always-on assessment from passive discovery and monitoring. The result is complete contextual end point and network data for more effective impact analysis.

“For organisations with large, complex IT environments, reducing false positives and prioritising risks can significantly improve the overall security and health of a network,” said Martin Roesch, CTO of Sourcefire. “With its rich vulnerability data, Rapid7 provides unparalleled risk intelligence to the Sourcefire 3D system. By leveraging the integrated Sourcefire and Rapid7 solutions, customers benefit from a faster and more cost-effective way to assess the impact of an attack and improve overall security posture across more applications.”

Rapid7 solutions include the award-winning vulnerability management solution, NeXpose Enterprise and Metasploit® Pro for penetration testing. Through an integrated, intelligent, active scan engine, Rapid7 NeXpose identifies vulnerabilities across networks, operating systems, databases, Web applications and a wide-range of system platforms, and prioritises vulnerabilities using exploit risk scoring and asset criticality ratings. Metasploit Pro emulates real-world attacks on the network in order to test for the ability to penetrate the vulnerabilities and launch an attack, greatly decreasing the time to test and increasing the efficiency in real threat detection. By understanding how hackers operate, Rapid7 NeXpose and Metasploit Pro reduce risk exposure and lower operational costs.

The Sourcefire 3D® System is the industry’s first and only adaptive intrusion prevention solution. The 3D System uniquely identifies and responds to changes in network infrastructure. With a detailed understanding of the devices, applications, and services deployed on the network, and their potential vulnerabilities, the 3D System escalates warnings of meaningful attacks, while suppressing unimportant and irrelevant events—allowing security analysts to focus their time and attention on the attacks that represent a real threat.

About Rapid7

Rapid7 is the leading provider of unified vulnerability management and penetration testing solutions, delivering actionable intelligence about an organisation’s entire IT environment. Rapid7 offers the only integrated threat management solution that enables organisations to implement and maintain best practices and optimise their network security, Web application security and database security strategies.

Recognised as the fastest growing vulnerability management company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine, Rapid7 helps leading organisations such as Liz Claiborne, the United States Postal Service, Carnegie Mellon University and Red Bull to mitigate risk and maintain compliance for regulations such as PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, SOX and NERC. Rapid7 also manages the Metasploit Project, the leading open-source penetration testing platform with the world’s largest database of public, tested exploits. To obtain a free download of NeXpose or Metasploit, please visit
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About Sourcefire, Inc.

Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), is a world leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions. Sourcefire is transforming the way Global 2000 organisations and government agencies manage and minimise network security risks. Sourcefire's IPS, Real-time Network Awareness and Real-time Adaptive Security solutions equip customers with an efficient and effective layered security defense - protecting network assets before, during and after an attack. Through the years, Sourcefire has been consistently recognized for its innovation and industry leadership by customers, media and industry analysts alike - with more than 50 awards and accolades. Today, the name Sourcefire has grown synonymous with innovation and network security intelligence. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit

SOURCEFIRE®, Sourcefire IPS™, SNORT®, RAZORBACK™, the Sourcefire logo, the Snort and Pig logo, SECURITY FOR THE REAL WORLD™, SOURCEFIRE DEFENSE CENTER®, SOURCEFIRE 3D®, RNA®, RUA®, DAEMONLOGGER™, CLAMAV®, IMMUNET™ and certain other trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sourcefire, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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Rapid7 Contact:

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Sourcefire Investor Contact:

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ICR, Inc
+1 203-682-8273

Sourcefire Media Contact:

Cathy O'Neill
C8 Consulting For Sourcefire Inc
+44 118 900 1135

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