Sourcefire Hires New CEO
The intrusion-detection system vendor looks to Aether's Wayne Jackson to bring it into the top tier of security companies.Looking to move into the top tier of security companies, intrusion-detection system vendor Sourcefire Inc. on Tuesday announced the hiring of a new CEO. Wayne Jackson, formerly of Aether Systems Inc., takes over the helm of the company, while founder Martin Roesch, who had served as CEO, becomes chief technology officer. Jackson joined Aether when he sold Riverbed Technologies Inc., which he co-founded, to the wireless infrastructure company in 1998. He said he was initially attracted to Sourcefire because of the companys strong presence in the IDS market.
"The two hardest things for a startup are getting the technology validated and building brand recognition," he said. "Those two things are done in spades at Sourcefire. My concerns for the company were focused on the value proposition. Red Hat eventually became a profitable company, but I didnt want to be in their situation."