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Enterasys' Dragon Intrusion Detection 7.1

Setup is simple. It's based on the Zero G InstallAnywhere Java installer, which establishes the type of deployment, interface configuration and basic device settings. I used a standalone installation, and all management IPs were set to the lab network IP of the device. I used one of the on-board ports for a management interface and assigned it that address. A crossover cable connected one PCI port to my test client, which would serve as an attacker; the other PCI port was connected directly into the network.


• Install and management process greatly improved
• New signature language offers additional features and ease of use
• Intrusion-prevention capability is a solid start


• Software-only Dragon receiving less emphasis
• Intrusion-prevention response types still need work

Dragon Intrusion detection 7.1, starts at $7,995. Enterasys Networks, (877) 801-7082, (978) 684-1000.

InstallAnywhere was also used when I installed the management client onto another test server. Since the management client is Java, the installer provides its own JVM for the client, helping to reduce dependencies.

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