Nokia adopts open source network security solution

Nokia is to add the open source Sourcefire intrusion prevention system (IPS) to its range of IP security appliances.

Nokia is to add the open source Sourcefire intrusion prevention system (IPS) to its range of IP security appliances.

Sourcefire's IPS includes the widely used Snort system. Snort is an open source network intrusion prevention and detection system that uses a rule-driven language.

Nokia Intrusion Prevention customers will also be backed by the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team, a group of intrusion detection and prevention experts working to proactively discover, assess and respond to the latest trends in hacking activity, intrusion attempts and vulnerabilities.

Chris Christiansen, an analyst at IDC, said, “Companies are adopting mobile and remote access technologies in greater numbers today, which leads to new security problems that firewalls alone simply can’t address.”

The Sourcefire system will be added to both firewall and VPN Nokia appliances. Nokia security software partner Check Point recently failed to buy Sourcefire.

“Threats are becoming more sophisticated, targeting the application, not just the network,” said Tom Furlong, Nokia vice-president of security and mobile connectivity.

“We are committed to delivering a complete security portfolio with best-of-breed software, such as Sourcefire's, to allow enterprises to add key security elements as they mobilise their workers.”


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