Company Continues to Support the Next-Generation of Security Professionals at Universities that Leverage Open Source Snort
Wokingham, UK – June 28, 2011 – Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), the creator of Snort® and a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today announced that it has selected Darcie Cohee and Daniel Freer to receive the 2011 Snort Scholarship. The scholarships, each worth up to $15,000, are awarded to university students around the world that use Snort to further their education and gain hands-on experience in network security.
“As hackers continue to find new ways to access sensitive corporate and customer data, we need to equip a new generation of security professionals to identify and combat these exploits,” said Martin Roesch, CTO and founder of Sourcefire®. “Snort and Sourcefire are built on the foundation of community development and these scholarships allow us to recognise the next great security professionals.”
To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in a university that uses Snort or Sourcefire products to protect its network or uses Snort as part of the curriculum in the classroom. The scholarships assist the winning students in completing their degrees and covering educational costs. Sourcefire selected Darcie and Daniel from a pool of hundreds of applicants:
• Darcie Cohee is a Bachelor of Science undergraduate specialising in Information Systems Technologies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Darcie has worked on several projects using Snort to protect SharePoint deployments and is interested in the intersection of the Web and security.
• Daniel Freer is a Bachelor of Science undergraduate specialising in Networking at Indiana Tech. Daniel relied on Snort as an important weapon in his arsenal when he competed in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and is committed to exploring how Snort can help prevent evolving attacks.
To assist the winning students in completing their degrees, Sourcefire has awarded each a $5,000 scholarship for educational costs at the students’ respective universities. The winners also receive a $10,000 credit to use toward any training course or certification exam in the Sourcefire Security Education Program. The Sourcefire Security Education and Certification Programmes deliver training and testing for IT staff on Sourcefire’s products and open source security solutions, either on-site or at dedicated locations around the world.
Sourcefire developed the Snort Scholarship in 2004 as a way to give back to the open source and security communities. Since the inception of the Snort Scholarship program seven years ago, Sourcefire has recognised university students from around the world, including the United States, Australia, Turkey, Mexico, the Netherlands and Rwanda. Martin Roesch founded Sourcefire in 2001 to deliver commercial security solutions that leverage his open source innovation, Snort. Snort is the world’s most widely deployed intrusion detection and prevention technology with more than 300,000 registered users and nearly 4 million downloads to date. As the de facto standard for intrusion detection and prevention, Snort is used extensively by Fortune 100 enterprises and government agencies.
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, RNA® (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 recognised 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 http://www.sourcefire.com.
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