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eBCVG: Fighting Network Threats with a Network Analyzer

Jul 02, 2004, 08:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Thompson)

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"This article shows how a network analyzer, historically used for network troubleshooting, can also be used to defend against the security threats. Certain features of a network analyzer can be set to monitor for virus and attack signatures and offer quick ways of isolating infected systems. For those organizations that are looking to invest in a network analyzer there are certain key features that should be considered.

"Chances are, your IT toolbox already contains a network analyzer. Historically, a network (or protocol) analyzer has been a great tool for troubleshooting network problems and monitoring for excessive bandwidth usage. But did you know a network analyzer can also fight virus and hack attacks? Along with keeping track of network devices and uptime, a network analyzer can also locate network security breaches and help identify and isolate virus-infected systems. It's very easy to use your current analyzer to enhance your network security. But which analyzer features are essential for this task? The purpose of this article is to explain how an analyzer can augment firewalls and other perimeter defenses..."

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