Sourcefire announced that it has acquired ClamAV, a leading open source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project. Sourcefire’s first acquisition since its Initial Public Offering in March 2007, ClamAV will broaden the company’s open source footprint while providing the technology foundation for new products and services that will extend the company’s Enterprise Threat Management network security portfolio.
Under terms of the transaction, Sourcefire has acquired the ClamAV project and related trademarks, as well as the copyrights held by the five principal members of the ClamAV team including project founder Tomasz Kojm. Sourcefire will also assume control of the open source ClamAV project including the ClamAV.org domain, web site and web site content and the ClamAV Sourceforge project page. In addition, the ClamAV team will remain dedicated to the project as Sourcefire employees, continuing their management of the project on a day-to-day basis.
“This acquisition gives Sourcefire the ability to bring together two of the security industry’s most widely adopted open source projects; Snort and ClamAV. This will not only broaden our reach, but will also allow us to extend our product family into a number of intriguing new markets,” said Martin Roesch, Founder and CTO of Sourcefire and Creator of Snort.