The Snort® open source intrusion detection and prevention technology was created in 1998 by Martin Roesch, the founder of Sourcefire®. Snort uses a rule-driven language which combines the benefits of signature, protocol and anomaly-based inspection methods. With its dramatic speed, power and performance, Snort quickly gained momentum. With more than 3.7 million downloads to date, Snort has become the single most widely deployed intrusion detection and prevention technology in the world.
The wide availability of open source Snort brings many advantages.
- Because the source code is open, development can occur at a markedly accelerated pace compared to proprietary models
- A vast community of security experts that continually reviews, tests, and proposes improvements to the code
- Security engineers and specialists the world over write Snort rules for new and evolving threats every hour of the day, often in record time.
As a result, the Snort open source community has a well-earned reputation for extraordinary organization and dedication.