Working to keep open source Snort open
As I have written in the past, there have been several events which have caused me to question the continuing status of several open source security projects. The widely used open source IDS, Snort however, has a very strong and vibrant community with an estimated 80,000 people using Snort. In fact several alternative Snort communities have sprung up over the years that also host vibrant and creative communities dedicated to supporting and continuing innovation using Snort. Perhaps the leading such alternative community is Bleeding Edge Snort, run by Matt Jonkman. Our SAT team at StillSecure has been very impressed with the work being done there and often contribute our rules and research to the community there. In fact we were so impressed by this site, that StillSecure became a corporate sponsor of the community. Recently Bleeding Edge Snort and Sourcefire, the people behind Snort.org, have started the OSSRC, the Open Source Snort Rules Consortium. According to its charter, "the OSSRC was created to provide a means by which members of the Snort community can embrace the open source model and share resources for the greatest benefit of all members of the community." I and some of the other folks at StillSecure have joined and we have high hopes that through this we can help keep the snort community productive, vibrant and open.