Sourcefire has announced a new integration with QualysGuard to boost its intrusion prevention technology.

The integration with QualysGuard will allow Sourcefire to further adapt its intrusion protection system to incorporate known vulnerabilities on a customer's network. To support increased product collaboration, Sourcefire is delivering a new Qualys Connector, which associates threats detected by the Sourcefire IPS with host vulnerabilities found by QualysGuard Vulnerability Management.

According to the companies, the Qualys Connector leverages the Sourcefire Defense Center to automatically correlate threats detected by the Sourcefire IPS with host vulnerabilities detected by QualysGuard. The Sourcefire IPS can determine if a host is actually vulnerable to a given exploit and adapt its protection accordingly, saving valuable analysis time. Sourcefire said the increased visibility into system vulnerabilities allows the Sourcefire IPS to reduce the number of intrusion events at the sensor level to self tune its protection and increase the precision of its alerting and blocking.

Martin Roesch, CTO and founder of Sourcefire, said: “As organisations deal with the constant stream of attacks and alerts, they are continually looking for ways to prioritise the critical threats that require immediate attention. The combination of Sourcefire and QualysGuard enables organisations to further reduce the number of actionable threats by correlating real-time network intelligence with active vulnerability scanning data. The Sourcefire IPS leverages this insight to adapt and customise its protection to a user's network.”

Wolfgang Kandek, CTO at Qualys, said: “With the increased sophistication and frequency of attacks, customers need more effective solutions to respond quickly and protect the network from these threats. Sourcefire has built its reputation on delivering intelligent and adaptive security solutions, and the new Qualys Connector further illustrates the importance of accurate vulnerability information, which helps increase the effectiveness of protection efforts.”