Sourcefire strengthens FirePOWER

Tools expanded to cover advanced malware

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Sourcefire strengthens FirePOWER Roesch: With this release, Sourcefire has continued to innovate and deliver industry-leading threat protection.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 14, 2012

Cybersecurity solutions provider Sourcefire Inc today announced it has strengthened and expanded its FirePOWER appliance family, providing users with tools to protect against sophisticated malware, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and targeted attacks.

One of the additions is the introduction of advanced malware protection for FirePOWER, which the company said "provides visibility and control of modern threats on the network - from point of entry, through propagation, to post-infection remediation".

"Network-based antimalware detection solutions provide defence in depth for organisations looking to reduce their exposure; however, if performed inline, it should have minimal impact on network performance," said Neil MacDonald, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "Enterprises want solutions that don't require the purchase of an additional appliance, learn and adapt over time and provide historical visibility for retrospective analysis."

Sourcefire also introduced additions to the FirePOWER 7000 Series appliance lineup, and new 5.1.1 software featuring file type detection and control, as well as security intelligence for IP reputation and blacklisting. With the new models, Sourcefire said its performance range now spans from 50 Mbps to 40+ Gbps.

"FirePOWER appliances provide industry-best threat protection with proven performance leadership, and comprise Sourcefire Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPS), with and without application control, and Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) models on a universal platform," the company said.

FirePOWER's advanced malware protection is designed to operate inline to provide continuous network protection and minimise propagation of advanced malware by creating forensic fingerprints of files to identify known malware, track file movement and identify attack targets for focused remediation. Using Sourcefire's security big data analytics, this protection delivers continuous file analysis and retrospective alerting, so that users can be notified of malicious files, even if they were previously deemed safe.

Advanced malware protection for FirePOWER integrates with the collective intelligence of Sourcefire's FireAMP solution. This provides similar protection for devices, enabling visibility into malware trajectory and delivering rapid defence and cleanup to avoid reinfection.

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