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  • 15 November 2011 16:40

New Ponemon Institute Study Shows Majority of Next-Generation Firewall Deployments Supplement Existing Security Solutions

Survey of Information Security Managers, CISOs and Network Administrators Finds Intrusion Prevention is Most Important NGFW Component

Sydney, Australia – November 15, 2011 – Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today announced the results of a survey that showed 55 percent of users globally, and 64 percent in the U.S., are leveraging Next-Generation Firewalls to augment their current security deployments, rather than replacing legacy technology. The survey, conducted by Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information security research firm and sponsored by Sourcefire, also highlights the need for NGFWs to prioritise quality of Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS) so that customers can work to achieve comprehensive security without significantly affecting performance. Key findings from the survey: • Respondents ranked IPS as the most important component of the NGFW for data protection • Respondents ranked firewall as the least important feature for protecting their data from unauthorised access • More than 62 percent of current NGFW users surveyed suffer performance degradation when first-generation Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is deployed as part of the NGFW device, according to the global average • 39% of NGFW users are implementing application control in monitoring and reporting mode • 25% of these users say application control is deployed only in simple allow/block mode. • 40% of respondents do not granularly configure application control due to performance concerns "This survey validates that current NGFW technologies need to evolve in order to be truly context-aware network security platforms," said Marc Solomon, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Sourcefire. "In order for these technologies to be effective, they need to include an intelligent, next-generation IPS solution powered by awareness, context, automation and an agile architecture." “The dramatic increase in sophisticated and targeted attacks, as well as specific compliance demands, are putting even more pressure on organisations to ensure that their data remains secure,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute. “Today’s results indicate the challenges facing current Next-Generation Firewall implementations and the key areas, including evolved IPS and supplemental strategies, where users require increased vendor investment.” This survey looked at current NGFW implementations in five countries. Ponemon surveyed information security managers, network administrators, CIOs and CISOs at enterprises sized up to 75,000 employees. The respondents represented 15 different industries including financial services, retail, health and pharmaceutical, government, hospitality, education, transportation, and defense and energy. Sourcefire will conduct two joint webinars with Ponemon Institute to review the full results of the survey, both on November 17, 2011. To register for the webinar at 8 a.m. ET, visit To register for the webinar at 2 p.m. ET, visit For a visual representation of the survey, view the infographic at About the Ponemon Institute The Ponemon Institute© is dedicated to advancing responsible information and privacy management practices in business and government. To achieve this objective, the Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors, and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organisations in a variety of industries. About Sourcefire Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIRE), a world leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, is transforming the way Global 2000 organisations and government agencies manage and minimise network security risks. With solutions from the network to the endpoint, Sourcefire provides customers with Agile SecurityTM that is as dynamic as the real world it protects and the attackers it defends against. Trusted for more than 10 years, Sourcefire has been consistently recognised for its innovation and industry leadership with dosens of patents, world-class research, and award-winning technology. Today, the name Sourcefire has grown synonymous with innovation, security intelligence and agile end-to-end security infrastructure. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit Sourcefire, the Sourcefire logo, Snort, the Snort and Pig logo, ClamAV, Immunet and certain other trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sourcefire, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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