Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire Sguil™ Open Source Security Monitoring Project
Acquisition Furthers Cisco’s Vision for Integrated Security Products
SAN JOSE, Calif., and LONGMONT, Color., April 1st, 2008 – Cisco and the Sguil™ project today announced an agreement for Cisco to acquire the Sguil™ project, a leading Open Source network security solution. With hundreds of installations world-wide, Sguil™ is the de facto reference implementation for the Network Security Monitoring (NSM) model. Sguil™-based NSM will enable Cisco’s customer base to more efficiently collect and analyze security-related information as it traverses their enterprise networks. This acquisition will help Cisco to cement its reputation as a leader in the Open Source movement while at the same time furthering its long-held vision of integrating security into the network infrastructure.
Under terms of the transaction, Cisco has acquired the Sguil™ project and related trademarks, as well as the copyrights held by the five principal members of the Sguil™ team, including project founder Robert "Bamm" Visscher. Cisco will assume control of the open source Sguil™ project including the Sguil.net domain, web site and web site content and the Sguil™ Sourceforge project page. In addition, the Sguil™ team will remain dedicated to the project as Cisco employees, continuing their management of the project on a day-to-day basis.
To date, Sguil™ has been developed primarily in the Tcl scripting language, support for which is already present inside many of Cisco’s routers and switches. The new product, to be known as “Cisco Embedded Monitoring Solution (CEMS)”, will be made available first in Cisco’s carrier-grade products in 3Q08, with support being phased into the rest of the Cisco product line by 4Q09. Linksys-branded device will follow thereafter, though the exact deployment schedule has yet to be announced.
“We’re extremely pleased to announce this deal,” said Cisco’s Chief Security Product Manager Cletus F. Simmons. “For some time, our customers have told us that our existing security monitoring products did not extend far enough into their network infrastructure layer. Not only was it sometimes difficult to intercept and monitor the traffic, but there were often political problems at the customer site with deploying our Intrusion Detection Systems, as management had heard several years ago that they ere ‘dead’. Now, with Sguil™ integrated into all their network devices, they’ll have no choice!”
Although the financial details of the agreement have not been announced, Sguil™ developer Robert Visscher will become the new VP of Cisco Rapid Analysis Products for Security. “This deal means a lot to the Sguil™ project and to me personally,” Visscher explains. “Previously, we had to be content with simply being the best technical solution to enable intrusion analysts to collect and analyze large amounts of data in an extraordinarily efficient manner. But now, we’ll have the additional advantage of the world’s largest manufacturer of networking gear shoving it down their customers’ throats! We will no longer have to concern ourselves with mere technical excellence. Instead, I can worry more about which tropical island to visit next, and which flavor daiquiri to order. You know, the important things.”
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Sguil™ is the leading Network Security Monitoring (NSM) framework. It is built for network security analysts by network security analysts. Sguil’s main component is an intuitive GUI that provides access to a wide variety of security related information, including real-time IDS alerts, network session database and full packet captures. Sguil™ was written by Robert “Bamm” Visscher, who was apparently too cheap to buy a book on Java or C.
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