Cisco has unveiled an open source application detection and control with its OpenAppID application-focused detection language. As new apps are being introduced into the corporate network at an unprecedented rate, the OpenAppID enables flexibility to control new and custom apps on the network as fast as possible. It provides application visibility, accelerates development of application detectors, and controls and empowers the community to share detectors for greater protection.
Cisco says that the OpenAppID is especially important for organizations utilizing custom-built or specialized applications and those in highly regulated industries that require the highest levels of identification and control. In addition, the OpenAppID will accelerate and expand the breadth of application detection, by facilitating open community sharing and enhancement of new application detectors. It also supports critical capabilities such as actionable application detection, reporting and control. Cisco is also delivering a special release of the Snort engine that includes the new OpenAppID preprocessor for the Snort community to begin working with OpenAppID to build application detectors.
Source - Cisco