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Sourcefire positioned in leaders quadrant of analyst firm’s network intrusion prevention magic quadrant report

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Evaluation based on vision and ability to execute

London, January 4, 2006 – Sourcefire, Inc., the world leader in intrusion prevention, today announced that it has been placed in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances, 2H051 report. The Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors based on their vision and ability to execute and positions them in one of the following quadrants: Leaders, Visionaries, Challengers or Niche Players.

Wayne Jackson, CEO at Sourcefire said: “Sourcefire is honoured to be positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report. Both our customers and independent tests have confirmed the significant advantages that our solutions bring to the challenges of Intrusion Prevention. We believe this report confirms Sourcefire’s commitment to innovation and dynamic business growth.”

According to Gartner, “leaders” are vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction, and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

As the first multi-gigabit IPS to incorporate behavioural anomaly detection (NBAD) functionality, Sourcefire’s innovative products also provide enterprises with the industry’s most precise protection from today’s emerging threats.  This combination has led Sourcefire and the Sourcefire 3D System to become one of 2005’s most highly recognised security companies with numerous accolades and positive product reviews.  

Earlier this year, Sourcefire was named the most innovative company at the RSA Conference and was named to the AlwaysOn 100 for the second consecutive
year, recognising the company’s market momentum and innovation. Deloitte also named the company to its prestigious Rising Star list for the second consecutive year.

On the technology front, leading IT security trade publication, SC Magazine identified the Sourcefire 3D System as “Best IPS on the market” in its July issue.  The Sourcefire 3D System also received “NSS Approved” certification in March, and in April Sourcefire RNA became only the fifth product in history to receive “NSS Gold” for its unique ability to solve customers’ security issues. 

The company also expanded the highly regarded Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT), which has taken Snort rules to the next level, ensuring a high degree of attack detection, low false positive rates, and fully tested performance before their release to the community. Snort is the de facto standard in intrusion prevention, having been downloaded more than 2 million times by over 100,000 active users.

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted November 30, 2005 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Sourcefire
Sourcefire, Inc., the world leader in intrusion prevention, is transforming the way organizations manage and minimise network security risks with its 3D Approach - Discover, Determine, Defend - to securing real networks in real-time. The company's ground-breaking network defense system unifies intrusion and vulnerability management technologies to provide customers with the most effective network security available. Founded in 2001 by the creator of Snort, Sourcefire is headquartered in Columbia, MD and has received numerous accolades including being named the Frost & Sullivan 2005 Network Security Infrastructure Protection Company of the Year. At work in leading Fortune 1000 and government agencies, the names Sourcefire and founder Martin Roesch have grown synonymous with innovation and intelligence in network security.
Sourcefire announced on October 6, 2005 that it signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), for a total consideration of approximately $225 million. The acquisition is subject to closing
conditions including the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”) and Exxon-Florio Act of 1988 and is expected to close by Q106 shortly after receiving regulatory approvals.
For more information about Sourcefire, please visit www.sourcefire.com.

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1 Gartner Research “Magic Quadrant for Network Intrusion Prevention System Appliances, 2H05” by Greg Young  and John Pescatore. November 30, 2005