SOURCE: BreakingPoint Systems

August 19, 2008 09:00 ET

BreakingPoint Publishes Deep Packet Inspection Testing Methodology

Videos and Documentation Detail Techniques for Testing Deep Packet Inspection Functionality Using Stateful Application and Malicious Traffic

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - August 19, 2008) - BreakingPoint Systems, Inc., today released a detailed test methodology and video series that enables network engineers to test the deep packet inspection (DPI) features of content-aware network devices.

BreakingPoint's testing methodologies, videos and documentation can be found at

DPI functionality allows network devices such as content-aware switches and routers, next generation firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), and application delivery controllers to inspect and take action based on the contents and context of packets as they travel across the network. DPI is heavily leveraged in helping to prevent buffer overflow attacks, denial of service (DoS) attacks and intrusions. Effective testing of DPI functionality requires an authentic blend of application traffic, combined with live security strikes, at speeds of 10 gigabits per second.

Dennis Cox, BreakingPoint CTO, commented:

"Deep packet inspection receives a lot of attention, primarily due to the controversy over privacy concerns and P2P bandwidth shaping. Often, these debates overshadow the important role of DPI in providing value for increased security, tiered services and data loss prevention. Testing DPI functionality is critical for network equipment manufacturers producing these devices and service providers offering these services. The BreakingPoint DPI Test Methodology and video guide was our chance to demonstrate the steps for testing DPI functionality."

BreakingPoint Test Methodologies were developed by the team at BreakingPoint Labs based on their experience developing and testing a variety of high-performance content-aware network equipment. BreakingPoint's testing platform enables network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to realize a 50% reduction in time-to-test and ultimately accelerate the development of next generation network devices.

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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