Sourcefire's Roesch pledges long, open source life for Snort

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- You might not expect it, but one of the security industry's most successful executives shares a house with his mother-in-law.

In fact, Martin Roesch, founder and chief technology officer of Sourcefire Inc., and inventor of the popular Snort open source IDS tool, also manages a frenetic household that includes his wife, three young daughters and several pets.

"Weekends are pretty much ruled out now," when it comes to coding, he says, but his passion for security is evident when explaining that he still tip-toes down to the PC some nights, after everyone else is tucked into bed, to work on his beloved Snort.

Yet amid Sourcefire's pending acquisition by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Roesch has been criticized for what's perceived to be selling out, and putting Snort's future in jeopardy. In an interview with SearchSecurity.com at the recent 2006 RSA Security Conference, Roesch addressed those concerns as well as the next generation of intrusion prevention technology, the value of the open source community and enhancements in the works for Snort.

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