A year ago Cisco Systems completed the acquisition of Sourcefire. We've been a Sourcefire Gold partner since 2009, one year after they established their Nordic organization. If you're not familiar with Sourcefire, the company was founded in January 2001 by Martin Roesch, author of open sourceSnort. Snort is the world's most widely deployed intrusion detection and prevention technology with nearly 4 million downloads to date, and that explains part of why we began working together with Sourcefire 6 years ago.
From Sourcefire to Cisco
And now we continue the journey with Sourcefire into Cisco Systems. If you know Redpill Linpro you will probably not be surprised when I say that we have never been a part of such a large partner network before. Red Hat has 6100 employees, Puppet Labs has 300. Varnish software has 26 people. And then we have Cisco with its 74000 employees.
In other words, Redpill Linpro being part of such a large partner network is something new. We are now a Cisco registered partner, which mean that we can resell all products from the Cisco portfolio. We also have the Cisco Express Security Specialization Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) thanks to the certifications Lars Ødegaard (sales), Torgeir Natvig and Erik Inge Bolsø (engineers) achieved in September.
What does it mean
- We have knowledge in selling, designing, and installing Cisco IPS security solutions
- We will be part of Cisco Security Channel Program
- We will be working with the Cisco IPS security portfolio (both the ASA and FirePOWER platforms), including appliance and cloud-based offerings
And very important for us: Cisco is committed to open source innovation and will continue to support Snort, ClamAV and other open source projects.