Last Thursday DeMarc announced its acquisition of the Sentaurus IDS from Silicon Defense. In June I listed various companies selling Snort-based IDS appliances. It looks like Silicon Defense's support for its Windows version of Snort continues at WinSnort.com. This appears to be different from the binaries available at Snort.org. (I didn't check the WinSnort version because downloads there require registration.) DeMarc was famous for its GUI for Snort alerts, which no longer appears as a Snort add-on. However, it's now called PureSecure Personal and is free for "home use." Downloading it requires registration.
Periodically I read about efforts by China, or Russia, or North Korea, or other countries to replace American software with indigenous or semi-indigenous alternatives. I then reply via Twitter that I love the idea, with a short reason why. This post will list the top five reasons why I want China and other likely targets of American foreign intelligence collection to run their own software. 1. Many (most?) non-US software companies write lousy code. The US is by no means perfect, but our developers and processes generally appear to be superior to foreign indigenous efforts. Cisco vs Huawei is a good example. Cisco has plenty of problems, but it has processes in place to manage them, plus secure code development practices. Lousy indigenous code means it is easier for American intelligence agencies to penetrate foreign targets. (An example of a foreign country that excels in writing code is Israel, but thankfully it is not the same sort of priority target like China, Russia, or Nort