[Snort-users] Time for a change

James Lay jlay at slave-tothe-box.net
Tue Jan 22 14:02:08 EST 2019

You will be missed..thanks for everything.


On 2019-01-22 09:45, Marty Roesch (maroesch) via Snort-users wrote:
> To the Snort community,
> It’s been 20 years since that fateful December night when I sent the
> first release of Snort over to Ken Williams at PacketStorm.  It was my
> first attempt at working on an open source project and another step
> for me in the process of learning about security tools, their
> application and the reasons they work and don’t work.  Almost exactly
> 2 years later, Snort was something of a phenomenon and I decided to
> try to make it my day job by founding Sourcefire and “going pro”.
> Here we are now, 20 years down the road with over 100 releases of
> Snort under our belt - the global standard for describing and
> detecting network-based threats.
> In 2013, Sourcefire was acquired by Cisco, and Snort became the
> foundation for Cisco’s core NGFW and NGIPS products. Last year, Snort
> 3 entered beta, and the integration work is underway by our NGFW team
> to make it the future of Cisco’s platform.
> This has been an amazing journey and I can’t help but be proud of
> everything that has been accomplished and all the people who made it
> happen, both within the organization that I serve as well as from the
> open source community that grew up around Snort.  After Sourcefire was
> acquired by Cisco, I stepped into the Chief Architect role for the
> Security Business Group and worked on the technology strategy and
> design for the company’s security portfolio and evangelized our
> approach to the world.
> Now, after five years with Cisco, it’s time for me to move on to the
> next adventure and also move from being on team the behind Snort to
> the user community that surrounds it.
> Taking this big step away from Snort doesn’t worry me because I know
> that we’ve built not just world-class technology, but also a world
> class team here at Cisco and still, even after all this time, one of
> the best security communities in the world.  I expect that will
> continue with me over *here* instead of over *there*, if you take my
> meaning.
> Snort’s in great hands at Cisco with a team that’s committed to open
> source and big plans for the future of the technology. Russ Combs, who
> has written a vast majority of the code for Snort 3 (it’s awesome,
> check it out – we need beta feedback!), will remain as the lead
> developer. Joel Esler will continue as Community Manager and maintain
> the bridge between the team and the open source community.
> I’ll be blogging periodically on Medium as I move on to my next
> adventure. If you’re interested, my inaugural post to talk a little
> more about the journey so far is available at
> https://medium.com/@roesch/charting-a-new-course-7bfb41dedd54
> Thanks to all of you for everything that you have done to help make my
> little “rainy days and weekends” obsession into what it has become.
> This entire journey has been an amazing testament to the power of the
> open source methodology of software developed for and by communities
> to innovate and drive technology that everyone wants to use. Without
> this passionate, engaged community I know that Snort would have been
> nothing. Again, thank you all so much!
> 	-Marty
> 	January, 2019
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