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About Fortra's Tripwire

Cybersecurity Leadership for Three Decades and Counting

For more than 25 years, Fortra's Tripwire has protected the world’s leading organizations against the most damaging cyberattacks, keeping pace with rapidly changing tech complexities to defend against ever-evolving threats. We're here to help organizations build strong foundations for security, compliance, and operational excellence.

A Key Part of Fortra


Tripwire is proud to be part of Fortra’s comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio. Fortra simplifies today’s complex cybersecurity landscape by bringing complementary products together to solve problems in innovative ways. These integrated, scalable solutions address the fast-changing challenges you face in safeguarding your organization. With the help of the powerful protection from Tripwire and others, Fortra is your relentless ally, here for you every step of the way throughout your cybersecurity journey. 


Our History

As the pioneers of file integrity monitoring (FIM), Tripwire’s expertise is built on a 25+ year history of innovation. We have more than 40 patents under our belt and never stop inventing new ways to detect issues and defeat intruders.


Tripwire in the '90s

Our story started when our founder Gene Kim developed software as a Purdue student inspired by his interest around the Morris Worm, one of the first major malware attacks. In 1992, Gene published “Tripwire” software as an academic source release designed to detect when changes occur to files and help with recovery. It rapidly became one of the most widely-used intrusion detection tools for UNIX. This Innovation became widely known as FIM. With support from corporate, education, and government security professionals, Gene founded Tripwire, Inc. in 1997 to bring FIM to the commercial market.

Tripwire in the '00s

Tripwire went on to develop more capabilities during an opportune time as e-commerce boomed, requiring security controls that would become the basis of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). During this time, we also released Open Source Tripwire, which remains available today. In 2005, we released the first version of  Tripwire Enterprise, a security configuration management (SCM) suite.

Tripwire in the '10s

After acquiring ActiveWorx Technologies in 2010, we announced the log intelligence solution Tripwire LogCenter. And with the acquisition of nCircle in 2013, we rounded out our portfolio with the addition of the asset discovery and vulnerability management solution Tripwire IP360™. In 2015, Tripwire was acquired by signal transmission and networking company Belden. Since that time, Tripwire has broadened its product portfolio to include operational technology (OT) solutions for utilities, manufacturing, and energy companies.

Tripwire in the '20s

We’ve also extended our solutions into the cloud, securing virtual infrastructures across multi-cloud and hybrid environments. Tripwire launched the Tripwire ExpertOps service to give customers a managed services option for supporting their SCM, VM, and OT security programs. In 2022, Tripwire was acquired by security and automation company HelpSystems, now Fortra. As part of Fortra, Tripwire will continue to expand our reach in the cybersecurity market.

Who We Serve


We believe our customers are our greatest asset. Our thousands of customers are some of the biggest names in finance, retail, industrial, healthcare, and government. Our innovative solutions help our customers achieve their cybersecurity goals to the fullest.

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Why Tripwire?

Learn why the world’s leading organizations choose Tripwire solutions to against the most damaging cyber attacks.