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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Metron™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:49 GMT
[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/e4Uh ]

Open Source Cyber Security Data Analytics Platform used for rapid
detection and response to threats at massive scale.

Forest Hill, MD –24 April 2017– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF),
the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350
Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache®
Metron™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level
Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have
been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Metron provides a scalable, advanced security analytics framework
to offer a centralized tool for security monitoring and analysis.
Metron’s extensible platform integrates a number of elements from the
Apache Hadoop ecosystem to effectively enable rapid detection and rapid
response using both traditional rules and machine learning for advanced
security threats.

"It is abundantly clear that cybersecurity challenges are becoming a
bigger part of our reality," said Casey Stella, Vice President of Apache
Metron. "Solving them effectively and at scale requires an Open Source,
community-oriented approach built upon proven scalable technologies.
This is what Metron is about at its core."

Metron is a unified platform for aggregating and enriching a wide
variety of security related data.   Built atop Apache Storm, Apache
HBase and Apache Kafka, Metron can ingest, transform and normalize any
source of telemetry at scale, including full network packet capture.
Data ingested into Metron can be enriched with valuable context such as
geographic location or asset identifiers as it streams by. New
enrichments can be specified with no-downtime through user defined
functions and a robust scripting language. Security threats can be
specified and triaged using either rules or machine learning models so
that only the greatest threats are prioritized for threat response and

Highlights include:
 - Mechanism to capture, store, and normalize any type of security;
 - Telemetry at extremely high rates;
 - Real time processing and application of enrichments;
 - Efficient information storage;
 - Interface that provides a centralized view of data and alerts passed
 through the system; and 
 - Use of statistical summary data structures (e.g. sketches) to perform
 security analytics even on the largest of data sets

Apache Metron leverages Big Data and machine learning to enable users to
rapidly detect and respond to cyber security threats, whether in
application-specific environments such as an email service provider, or
across the Internet of Things (IoT). Australia’s largest
telecommunications, media, and Internet Service Provider, Telstra, uses
Apache Metron to power enterprise-grade security operations centers
(SOCs) in key service hubs.

"Going through the Apache incubation process really illuminated how
valuable and important it was to build vibrant and inclusive communities
around code. Having infrastructure support from the ASF and active
mentors to shepherd us through the hurdles made all the difference in
the world," added Stella. "The core ideals of openness, community, and
transparency are prerequisites for solving cybersecurity challenges.
Metron was a great fit in Apache because the ASF shares those core
ideals. It really does take a village to solve the really hard

Metron initiated at Cisco in 2014 as OpenSOC. The project was submitted
to the Apache Incubator in December 2015, and released its first release
of Apache Metron in April 2016.

Catch Apache Metron in action at the DataWorks Summit, 13-15 June 2017
in San Jose.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Metron software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is
overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project.
A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day
operations, including community development and product releases. For
downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache
Metron, visit http://metron.apache.org/ and

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases
wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation.
All code donations from external organizations and existing external
projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1)
ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and
2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles.
Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further
review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision
making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other
successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a
reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does
indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For
more information, visit http://incubator.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's
most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process
known as "The Apache Way," more than 620 individual Members and 6,000
Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide:
thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache
License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists,
mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user
conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable
organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors
including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct,
Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook,
Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma,
LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access,
Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For
more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop",
"Metron", "Apache Metron", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or
trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or
other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.

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