By Ellen Messmer
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.org.
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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