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September 24, 2009 09:21 ET

BreakingPoint Details How to Test Intrusion Prevention Systems in Latest Testing Methodology

Updated Testing Methodology Provides Guidelines for Simulating Real-World Network Traffic, Including 4,200+ Vulnerabilities, to Help Validate the Performance and Resiliency of Today's Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - An Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is designed to detect malicious activities and drop or sanitize the packets while allowing legitimate traffic to access the corporate network. In order to verify an IPS will work properly in a real-world deployment it is critical to test the device under the same real-world situations including known vulnerabilities, attack scenarios, custom strikes and legitimate application traffic.

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The recent SANS report, "The Top Cyber Security Risks (September, 2009)" recently stated, "Throughout the developed world, governments, defense industries, and companies in finance, power, and telecommunications are increasingly targeted by overlapping surges of cyber attacks from criminals and nation-states seeking economic or military advantage." In fact, the threats have become so complex and numerous that organizations often are having difficulty figuring out which threats are the most dangerous. Resiliency testing of networks and security devices such as an IPS with realistic Internet-scale simulation is the first step in securing these organizations.

If an IPS fails to work properly, even letting a single flow of malicious traffic pass can allow viruses, worms and backdoor attacks to gain access to the corporate network and cause a great deal of problems, potentially bringing down the network. Only through proper and realistic network simulation can you ensure the performance and resiliency of an IPS and the network.

Performing a series of tests using the BreakingPoint IPS test methodology will help determine the IPS' actual capabilities under real-world conditions. For instance, the IPS device might be able to detect and mitigate malicious activity under light network traffic load. However, when network traffic becomes heavy, the IPS device might detect significantly less malicious activity. Sufficient testing must be preformed to fully characterize the impact different scenarios will have on the IPS.

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Additional BreakingPoint Test Methodology Resources

BreakingPoint provides a library of test methodologies designed to help service providers, enterprise and government buyers validate the performance, security and resiliency of a range of network equipment including:

Firewall Test Methodology

The BreakingPoint Firewall Test Methodology is designed to evaluate firewalls and will identify the performance characteristics of these devices as they operate in a production environment. BreakingPoint details firewall testing in this test methodology.

Server Load Balancer Test Methodology

When performing server load balancer testing it is important to ensure that the device under test performs well and processes transactions reliably under adverse conditions, such as extreme load, security attacks and other anomalies. BreakingPoint explains server load balancer testing under the most realistic conditions.

Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Test Methodology

Effective testing of DPI functionality requires an authentic blend of application traffic, combined with live security strikes, at line-rate speeds. In this test methodology BreakingPoint examines how to test DPI capabilities in any network device.

About BreakingPoint

BreakingPoint accelerates the development and testing of high-performance content-aware network equipment, ensures network resiliency and reduces time to test with fast, accurate, responsive, and easy-to-use application, performance and security testing tools. BreakingPoint is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices throughout the world. For more information visit and download the latest test methodologies for firewall testing, IPS testing, server load balancer testing and more.

Contact Information

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    Kyle Flaherty
    BreakingPoint Systems
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