Collective Intelligence Podcast, Marty Roesch on 20 Years of Snort
Snort, the ubiquitous open-source intrusion detection and prevention system, turned 20 years old on Dec. 22, another in a long line of milestones for what has turned out to be one of the information security industry’s best success stories.
Its creator Marty Roesch built Snort in a spare bedroom inside his Maryland home, and quickly turned a nights-and-weekends passion project into a commercial company (Sourcefire) that was ultimately acquired by Cisco in 2013 for close to $3 billion.
Roesch announced on Jan. 22 that he would be leaving Cisco this Friday for a yet-unnamed new adventure. For the time being, Roesch is separating himself from Snort and the company that has continued to perpetuate his vision of building enterprise-grade features and support around an enormously popular free piece of software.
In this episode of the Collective Intelligence Podcast, Roesch talks to Mike Mimoso about the 20 years of Snort, his faith in the product, and the support of the people he surrounded himself with and trusted to make Sourcefire a successful for-profit venture.
Sourcefire could work, Roesch believed, but he also knew that he had to balance that with the needs of the open-source community heavily invested in Snort. Roesch recalls during the podcast how often Snort was downloaded and embraced by some of the biggest companies in the world across diverse industries. He talks about some of the important technology and business milestones Snort and Sourcefire surpassed, and how he and others had to soothe the angst of the Snort community both when he launched Sourcefire, and again when Cisco announced its intent to acquire Sourcefire.
Finally, Marty explains how he wants to continue mentoring technologists and entrepreneurs going forward, and talks a little bit about his other passion: competitive sailing.
The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.
Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.