[Snort-users] Time for a change

Dennis DeFoort ddefoort at it-now.ca
Wed Jan 23 21:25:54 EST 2019

Hi Mr. Roesch,

Yes, this is formal but at my age, I can honour that.  I'm sorry to see you
go. You and I have never met nor do we run in the same circles that said
for the last 20 years I have read what you and the other members of the
snort team have written and appreciated and acted on your dedication to the
"Cause".  I am currently developing a SNORT 3.0 course for Cisco and have
read the source code and fully appreciate what was done in the beginning
and what it has grown into. I cannot thank you and the entire team that
surrounded you enough as your successes led to my success in securing
networks the best way I knew how over the last 20 years.

Thank you.

Good luck on your next adventure


On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 1:15 PM Marty Roesch (maroesch) via Snort-users <
snort-users at lists.snort.org> 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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