To our Valued Open Source Community
On March 2, 2015, Proofpoint announced it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Emerging Threats.
Some of you may be wondering whether, with this acquisition, Emerging Threats (Proofpoint) will continue to support the Emerging Threats open community, the ET Open ruleset, and the OISF.
The answer is a definite yes!
As you know, the open source community is a major part of Emerging Threats and has been a huge contributor to its success. The community started approximately 13 years ago, sharing ideas in an effort to develop an open IDS ruleset. About 5 years ago Emerging Threats created a commercial ruleset with a dedicated team of researchers that built upon the open ruleset and added support for the Suricata platform. Emerging Threats still provides the quality assurance and distribution infrastructure for the ET Open IPS/IDS ruleset, which is distributed to more than 20,000 organizations and individuals daily at no cost.
In addition, Emerging Threats has been a significant contributor to the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) and Suricata, the next generation open source IPS/IDS engine. Emerging Threats’ founder Matt Jonkman is also president of the OISF.
Proofpoint Inc. (NASDAQ:PFPT) is a highly complementary partner, from both a technology and cultural perspective. Proofpoint is leading security-as-a-service provider that focuses on solutions for email, threat protection, compliance, archiving & governance, and secure communications. Organizations around the world depend on Proofpoint’s expertise, patented technologies and on-demand delivery system to protect against phishing, malware and spam, safeguard privacy, encrypt sensitive information, and archive and govern messages and critical enterprise information.
Like Emerging Threats, Proofpoint also has a history of using, contributing to and generally supporting various open source initiatives since their inception as a company. As a recent example, consider Proofpoint’s 2013 acquisition of Sendmail as a testament to how Proofpoint continues to emphatically contribute to and support related open source communities on a corporate and individual engineering level post-acquisition.
Again, we’re committed to the community, and invested for the long term. We welcome any questions, concerns, and comments about the future of the Emerging Threats open community and our involvement in the OISF.
Please reach out to either of us if you wish to discuss further. Thank you for continuing to allow us to enthusiastically support and be a part of this vibrant group.
Matt Jonkman, CTO and Founder, Emerging Threats
Gary Steele, CEO, Proofpoint