Joel Esler is the OpenSource Community Manager and a Senior Research Engineer at Sourcefire. Joel joined Sourcefire in 2005 after eight years of government (contractor) employment as a Senior Security Consultant.
Joel worked in the Professional Services department for nearly six years, and in April of 2011, he moved to the Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) where is responsible for the detection produced for Snort, ClamAV, and the Razorback Projects.
In Joel's role as the OpenSource Community Manager, he is responsible for the community aspects of the Snort, ClamAV, Razorback, and Daemonlogger projects. He travels frequently performing public speaking engagements, teaching others about OpenSource and Sourcefire's contributions and commitment in the area.
Having visited hundreds of customers, Joel has configured IPS/IDS installations in many of the Fortune 100 companies in several different industries, including Banking, Travel (Airline and Rail), Manufacturing, and SCADA (Power) Environments, along with almost every federal agency.
Joel is an Incident Handler for SANS at the Internet Storm Center and a GIAC Gold Advisor responsible for the technical grading of the SANS Gold certification process.
Joel is also the Mayor of Townsend, Delaware where he lives with his three wonderful kids, and his awesome wife.