The Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) is a non-profit foundation organized to build a next generation IDS/IPS engine. The OISF has formed a multi-national group of the leading software developers in the security industry. In addition to developers and a consortium consisting of leading cyber security companies, OISF has engaged the open source security community to identify current and future IDS/IPS needs and desires.

OISF’s primary goal is to remain on the leading edge of open source IDS/IPS development, community needs and objectives. The OISF welcomes participation large and small and have built working groups and mailing lists to engage and educate all interested people and organizations.

Funding for the OISF comes from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a number of private companies that form the OISF Consortium. These companies gain a non-GPL limited license for the engine in return for their ongoing support. Over time, OISF will take on new projects and challenges.

More information about the OISF can be found on the