Sourcefire acquires ClamAV project

Sourcefire acquires ClamAV project
Sourcefire acquires ClamAV project 

By Ellen Messmer
Network World

Sourcefire on Friday announced it has acquired the open-source ClamAV 
gateway antivirus and antimalware project for an undisclosed price.

The deal includes related trademarks, as well as the copyrights held by 
the five principal members of the open-source antivirus team, including 
project founder Tomasz Kojm. In a statement, Martin Roesch, Sourcefires 
founder and CTO, said the company intends to continue to invest in the 
ClamAV technology, much as we have with Snort and

Snort, the open-source intrusion-detection system, was originated by 
Roesch prior to his founding of Sourcefire, his business stake in 
commercializing Snort-based intrusion-detection and intrusion-prevention 
systems. Snort remains open-source IDS/IPS technology today.

Sourcefire pioneered the business of balancing commercial solutions with 
open source innovation, and we intend to apply those same Snort 
sensibilities to the ClamAV project., Roesch stated.

ClamAV is being used today as antimalware protection in network security 
products. In a statement, ClamAV project founder Tomasz Kojm called 
Sourcefire a well-respected company in the open source arena and said he 
looked forward to the future growth of the ClamAV technology and 

Sourcefire plans to hold a conference call later this morning to brief 
investors on its acquisition, the first since its initial public 
offering in March.

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