SOURCE: BreakingPoint Systems

September 09, 2008 10:05 ET

BreakingPoint Accelerates Time-to-Test for Enterasys Dragon 10GbE IPS/IDS Platform

Ease-of-Use, Performance Capability and Realistic Testing Conditions Provided by BreakingPoint Enable Enterasys to Test Smarter and Faster

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 9, 2008) - Intrusion Prevention/Detection Systems (IPS/IDS) are developing at a rapid pace, providing a high-level of content-aware sophistication in order to detect and prevent network security attacks. The Enterasys Dragon® 10GbE IPS/IDS platform is a prime example of a content-aware security device, which not only alerts upon attack and drops the offending packets, but also terminates the session for TCP- and UDP-based attacks, and dynamically establishes firewall rules. BreakingPoint was the only network equipment testing solution that provides Enterasys with the critical elements for content-aware testing; stateful application traffic blended with live security strikes and the ability to test at 10 Gigabits per second.

News Highlights

A few of the reasons Enterasys selected BreakingPoint:

--  Performance: BreakingPoint's ability to test with realistic
    application traffic at 10 Gigabits per second enables Enterasys to validate
    the performance of its IPS/IDS solutions with confidence.
--  Security Strikes: Using BreakingPoint, Enterasys can test their
    IPS/IDS solution with a library of 3,500+ security strikes, ensuring proper
    security when deployed.
--  Ease of Use: The BreakingPoint system is ready to use within minutes
    of deployment, erasing the timely set-up and learning curve common to
    legacy test vendors.
--  Flexibility: BreakingPoint's architecture loosely couples the
    application protocol and security layer with test management software and
    high-performance hardware. Because these layers are not tied to a hardware
    release schedule, no forklift upgrades are required. As Enterasys products
    and needs evolve, BreakingPoint products evolve alongside, ready to meet
    any future needs in terms of realistic application traffic generation and

Executive Commentary

Dan Petlon, Vice President System Quality and IT, Enterasys

"Enterasys is consistently introducing the latest in network security technology to proactively protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the world's largest enterprises. Testing of these solutions would often slow down our development cycles and still not provide us with realistic traffic testing conditions. BreakingPoint's testing tools provide enhanced flexibility and control of the testing environment, which when combined with actual application traffic and live security strikes helps us validate Dragon's IPS/IDS efficiency and effectiveness with far greater confidence. Using BreakingPoint we not only have the confidence we need in testing our content-aware security devices, but the ability to dramatically accelerate our time to test."

Des Wilson, CEO, BreakingPoint Systems

"There are two cornerstone needs when testing next-generation network devices; speed and accuracy. Legacy test solutions were ideal in a time when networks were simply dealing with layer 2/3 traffic, but that time is in the past. Testing solutions today must have the ability to test with actual application traffic, live security strikes and at 10 Gigabits per second speeds. Enterasys Networks can use BreakingPoint's testing solutions to accelerate time-to-test while creating a more realistic validation environment with increased speed and accuracy."

About Enterasys Networks

Enterasys is owned by a private investor group led by The Gores Group, LLC and Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC. Enterasys delivers Secure Networks™ that ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT services and the business users that rely on them -- without sacrificing performance. Thousands of enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions in more than 70 countries worldwide rely on our convergence, compliance and connectivity solutions to deliver business-oriented, identity-based visibility and control of individual user and application priority and security. The company's culture is centered on the principle, "There is nothing more important than our customers." Enterasys' standards-based, open-architecture approach to network security offers a long technology lifecycle and significant operational and business benefits, while reducing total cost of ownership. Information about Enterasys' award winning, policy-enabled switches, routers, wireless products, security software and services is available at

About BreakingPoint

BreakingPoint is the only company exclusively focused on application, performance, and security testing for content-aware devices. By delivering the industry's most accurate, fast, responsive and easy-to-use testing solutions, BreakingPoint helps network equipment manufacturers, services providers, and other organizations accelerate the development of high performance content-aware networks and network devices. BreakingPoint was founded in 2005 by engineers with deep experience developing high speed networking devices at companies such as NetWorth, NetSpeed, Cisco, TippingPoint, and 3Com. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices and customers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and China. For more information, visit

Contact Information

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    Kyle Flaherty
    BreakingPoint Systems
    (512) 821-6059
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