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Has anyone evr had or bought in an IDS/IPS (cisco IPS4240) audit, and if so what do the auditors/pen testers/security consultants test and report on? Are there any best rpactice config and management guides for cisco IPS 42 40's? Or any generic best practice for managing/config'ing IDS's
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
You can check out NSS Lab methodology of testing IPS (2nd link), will be useful as a guide since most of the big player including CISCO participate in such testing. In the methodology the test cases are shared as well as the probable test environment. The tools are listed too

@ http://www.nsslabs.com/research/network-security/network-ips/cisco-4260-sensor-ips-individual-test-report-q3-2010.html
@ http://www.nsslabs.com/assets/Methodologies/nss%20labs%20ips%20group%20test%20methodology%20v6.1.pdf

CISCO also has some brief guidelines

@ http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps6525/ps7264/ps6634/IOS_IPS_Best_Practices.pdf
@ http://www.cisco.com/web/about/security/intelligence/securetcl.html
@ http://www.cisco.com/web/about/security/intelligence/cwilliams-ips.html

Specifically on government general practices and guidelines, suggest that you check out
a) DISA STIG (deployment/policy) - http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/net_perimeter/network_infra/firewall.html
b) NIST SP800-94 @ http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-94/SP800-94.pdf
btanExec ConsultantCommented:
you may be interested in this IDS test tool

@ http://marcoramilli.blogspot.com/2011/05/ids-testing-frameworks.html
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