Start-up morphs open-source security system for research networks into commercial platform

The Bro IDS has been used for security monitoring in high-speed networks, notably the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) which has deployed it for about 15 years to monitor and protect ESnet. The founders of Berkeley, Calif.-based Broala say they intend to maintain Bro’s open-source heritage but also to expand this core open source code to include newer applications.

“There are hundreds of potential applications for this programming language,” says Liam Randall, managing partner at Broala, co-founded with key open-source Bro developer Vern Paxson as chief scientist, Robin Sommer as director of R&D, and Seth Hall as director of engineering.