Technology Alliance Partner I Solution Brief

A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Solution Delivering
Scalable Security...
Technology Alliance Partner I Solution Brief
A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Solution Delivering Scalable Security ...
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Sourcefire - A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Solution Delivering Scalable Security with Maximum Network Up-Time

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Sourcefire and Net Optics have partnered to provide a scalable and fault-tolerant solution, which consists of the Sourcefire NGIPS, working with Net Optics iBypassTM and xBalancerTM. This solution lets customers maintain their security and performance while preventing network downtime. http://www.netoptics.com

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Sourcefire - A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Solution Delivering Scalable Security with Maximum Network Up-Time

  1. 1. Technology Alliance Partner I Solution Brief A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Solution Delivering Scalable Security with Maximum Network Up-Time Net Optics and Sourcefire The Challenge Organizations have invested substantially in advanced instrumentation layer tools including Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPSs) and Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW), which operate in real-time to provide dynamic network defense. Vital to this strategy is maintaining the scalability, availability, performance, and value of these instruments. Overburdened tools and device failures have the potential to strip the network of the protection offered by these devices and leave the network vulnerable to intrusions. The Solution Sourcefire and Net Optics have partnered to provide a scalable and faulttolerant solution, which consists of the Sourcefire NGIPS, working with Net Optics iBypass™ and xBalancer™. This solution lets customers maintain their security and performance while preventing network downtime. The Net Optics iBypass Switch with advanced Heartbeat and Link Fault Detect features allow monitoring of xBalancer’s state information. A configurable heartbeat packet sent from the iBypass Switch to the xBalancer helps identify link anomalies or power failures. The Switch will immediately detect the change and will re-route traffic using Fast Path™ switching technology. Once xBalancer is brought back on-line, traffic automatically resumes. The Net Optics xBalancer is built specifically to prevent tool overburdening by distributing the traffic to multiple monitoring tools. Thus xBalancer allows customers to scale their deployments as the need grows while maintaining security. Tool health is monitored using Heartbeat packets and can proactively redirect traffic to available or spare tools. The Sourcefire Nextgen IPS solutions are based on the core competencies of contextual awareness and automation. Intelligent Security Automation capability enables automated event impact assessment, NGIPS policy tuning, policy management, network behavior analysis, and user identification to protect the network in today’s rapidly changing environments. This real-time awareness and threat protection support the security needs of today’s networks. This joint solution from Sourcefire and Net Optics provides intelligent security automation, advanced load-balancing and the assurance that their security solution will scale as needs continue to grow, increasing ROI and network reliability. Solution Highlights • Easily scale deployments as needs grow while lowering TCO • Gain next-generation load-balancing capability without compromising reliability • Protect against diverse and rapidly evolving threats on the internet • Allow unparalleled performance and scalability with low latency • Achieve throughput speeds from 40Gbps down to 5Mbps for threat inspection and up to 80Gpbs for packet filtering • Reduce surface area of attack through granular control of over 1200 applications and 100s of millions of URLs in over 80 categories • Defeat malware across the network with detection/blocking, continuous analysis and retrospective alerting
  2. 2. Technology Alliance Partner I Solution Brief A Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Solution Delivering Scalable Security with Maximum Network Up-Time Router Switch 2 1 2 OFF Bypass Switch TM Monitor Network BYPASS ON 1 B 2 B A A 1 LINK A RESET OUT OUT 2 1 B IN IN OU T IN 10 GigaBit OU T IN www.netoptics.com Net Optics iBypass™ Switch Console 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Management Net Optics xBalancer™ Sourcefire NGIPS Sourcefire NGIPS The diagram shows two network ports on the Net Optics iBypass connected in-line to the upstream and downstream network devices, the two monitor ports connecting to the xBalancer. The Sourcefire appliances connect to the xBalancer, which provides in-line network conditions, the iBypass Switch will pass a Heartbeat through the xBalancer to verify its operation and route network traffic through the xBalancer. The xBalancer in turn uses a unique heartbeat for each Sourcefire monitoring link. In case of a heartbeat failure the xBalancer rebalances the traffic to the remaining tools or to an additional spare to maintain continuous monitoring. Sourcefire NGIPS Net Optics Sourcefire Net Optics is the leading provider of Total Application and Network Visibility solutions that deliver real-time network intelligence for peak performance in network monitoring and security. As a result, businesses achieve the scalable end-to-end visibility they need to optimize network performance of physical, virtual and private cloud environments, and remote branch offices. More than 7,500 enterprises, service providers and government organizations—including 85 percent of the Fortune 100—trust Net Optics’ comprehensive plug and play family of application-aware NPM, Network Packet Broker, Virtual/Cloud and Visibility Management System (VMS) solutions to deliver immediate results and quick time to value through an easy-to-use interface. Net Optics maintains a global presence through leading OEM partner and reseller networks. Sourcefire delivers on the vision of Agile Security™, fueled by the Sourcefire FirePOWER™ performance platform and sophisticated Sourcefire FireSIGHT network intelligence. The Sourcefire vision—Security for the Real World—is not only grounded in its history, but propels the company, and industry, forward. Focused on its mission to be the leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, Sourcefire is transforming the way Global 2000 organizations and government agencies manage and minimize network security risks. With solutions from a next-generation network security platform to advanced malware protection, Sourcefire provides customers with Agile Security that is as dynamic as the real world it protects and the attackers against which it defends. 5303 Betsy Ross Drive Santa Clara, CA 95054, United States Main: +1 (408) 737-7777 www.netoptics.com 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Columbia, MD 21046, United States Main: +1 (800) 917-4134 www.sourcefire.com Net Optics® is a registered trademark of Net Optics, an Ixia company. Copyright 1996-2013 Net Optics, an Ixia company. All rights reserved. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged. Sourcefire and the Sourcefire logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sourcefire, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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