University of Maryland and Sourcefire Announce New Cybersecurity Partnership

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    Maryland Cybersecurity Center now partnering with 14 companies and institutions

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. and COLUMBIA, Md. -- The University of Maryland and Sourcefire, Inc. today announced a new partnership to establish collaborative activities in cybersecurity.

    The partnership will promote cybersecurity education, research and student engagement through the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2). MC2 and Sourcefire will leverage each others resources, expertise, and unique perspectives to develop innovative cybersecurity expertise, educational opportunities and research-driven solutions to cybersecurity challenges.

    "We are extremely excited to develop this new partnership with Sourcefire," said Michael Hicks, director of MC2 and associate professor of computer science. "Sourcefire is a unique and impressive company that can both meet the security demands of today and perform the cutting edge research to attack the growing problems of tomorrow. We look forward to partnering together to forge innovative, game-changing solutions."

    MC2 is forging alliances and partnerships between academia, industry and government to deliver advanced educational programs designed to prepare the cybersecurity workforce of today and tomorrow.

    "This represents the fourteenth corporate partnership for the Maryland Cybersecurity Center," said Eric Chapman, associate director of MC2. "The growing cadre of corporate partners we have speaks to the diverse and high caliber of faculty we have engaged in meaningful cybersecurity research, as well as to the talented undergraduates we have here at UMD." Chapman noted that since September 2011, MC2 has added nine new corporate partnerships, demonstrating a "remarkable period of growth in the relationships it is has developed with external constituencies."

    UMD researchers are applying their expertise in a number of critical cybersecurity fields, including, secure software, supply chain risk management, wireless and network security, attacker behavioral analysis, and the economics of cybersecurity. MC2 stresses comprehensive solutions to cybersecurity education, research, and technology development by bringing together experts from computer science, engineering, social sciences, economics and public policy to establish interdisciplinary cybersecurity initiatives.

    "At Sourcefire, we recognize the importance of creating education programs that arm our community as well as our future cybersecurity leaders with the tools and research to protect their current and future environments," said Marc Solomon, chief marketing officer for Sourcefire. "UMD has a unique approach in this regard with its MC2 initiatives, and we are quite pleased to partner with them in this program."

    Designed to deliver Agile SecurityTM, Sourcefires portfolio of intelligent cybersecurity solutions includes: the industrys most effective Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS), delivering advanced threat protection with real-time contextual awareness and intelligent security automation and optional application control and URL filtering; the only Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) to combine a NGIPS with integrated application control and firewall functionality in a universal high-performance appliance; the FireAMPTM enterprise-class advanced malware analysis and protection solution that uses big data to discover, understand and block advanced malware outbreaks; and FireAMP Mobile to protect against mobile malware.

    About UMD
    The University of Maryland ranks among the top 20 public research universities in the nation, and is the closest in proximity to the nation's capital. As the state's flagship university, UMD educates the most talented students from Maryland and beyond. For more information, visit www.umd.edu, or to learn more about MC2, please visit www.cyber.umd.edu

    About Sourcefire
    Sourcefire, Inc. , a world leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, is transforming the way global large- to mid-size organizations and government agencies manage and minimize network security risks. With solutions from a next-generation network security platform to advanced malware protection, Sourcefire provides customers with Agile Security" that is as dynamic as the real world it protects and the attackers against which it defends. Trusted for more than 10 years, Sourcefire has been consistently recognized for its innovation and industry leadership with numerous 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 protection. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit www.sourcefire.com.

    Media Contacts:
    Eric Chapman
    Associate Director
    Maryland Cybersecurity Center
    301 405 7136
    echapman@umd.edu

    Jennifer Leggio
    Vice President, Corporate Communications
    Sourcefire, Inc.
    650 260 4025
    jleggio@sourcefire.com

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