About this Course

Duration 3 Days

This three-day course discusses the configuration of Juniper Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) sensors in a typical network environment. Key topics include sensor configuration, creating and fine-tuning security policies, managing attack objects, creating custom signatures, and troubleshooting. Through demonstrations and hands-on labs, students will gain experience in configuring, testing, and troubleshooting the IDP sensor.


This course assumes that students have basic networking knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Understanding of TCP/IP operation;
  • Understanding of network security concepts;
  • Experience in network security administration; and
  • Experience in UNIX system administration.

It also assumes that students have attended the Juniper Networks Security Manager Fundamentals course.


This course is intended for network engineers, support personnel, reseller support, and others responsible for implementing Juniper Networks IDP products.

Delegates will learn how to

  • Deploy an IDP sensor on the network.
  • Monitor and understand IDP logs.
  • Configure, install, and fine-tune IDP policies.
  • Configure the Profiler.
  • Troubleshoot sensor problems.
  • Create custom signature attack objects.
  • Configure sensors for high availability using third-party devices.


Day 1

Chapter 1: Course Introduction

Chapter 2: Intrusion Detection and Prevention Concepts

  • Network Attack Phases and Detection
  • Juniper Networks IDP Product Offerings
  • Juniper Networks IDP Three-Tier Architecture
  • Juniper IDP Deployment Modes

Chapter 3: Initial Configuration of IDP Sensor

  • Overview of IDP Sensor Deployment Process
  • Initial Configuration Steps—IDP Standalone Device
  • Initial Configuration Steps—ISG1000/ISG2000
  • Lab 1: Sensor Initial Configuration

Chapter 4: IDP Policy Basics

  • Attack Object Terminology
  • IDP Rule Components
  • IDP Rule-Matching Algorithm
  • Terminal rules
  • Lab 2: Configuring IDP Policies

Chapter 5: Fine-Tuning Policies

  • Tuning Process Overview
  • Step 1: Identifying Machines and Protocols to Monitor
  • Step 2: Identifying and Eliminating False Positives
  • Step 3: Identifying and Configuring Responses to Real Attacks
  • Step 4: Configuring Other Rulebases to Detect Attacks
  • Lab 3: Fine-Tuning IDP Policies

Day 2

Chapter 6: Configuring Additional Rulebases

  • Overview of IDP-Related Rulebases
  • Exempt Rulebases
  • Traffic Anomalies Rulebase
  • Backdoor Rulebase
  • SYN Protector Rulebase
  • Network Honeypot Rulebase
  • Rulebase Processing Order
  • Lab 4: Configuring Additional Rulebases

Chapter 7: Profiler

  • Profiler Overview
  • How to Operate Profiler
  • Using Profiler for Network Discovery
  • Using Profiler to Discover Running Applications
  • Using Profiler to Detect New Devices and Ports
  • Using Profiler to Detect Policy Violations
  • Lab 5: Using Profiler

Chapter 8: Sensor Operation and Sensor Commands

  • Main Components of the Sensor
  • Description of Sensor Processes
  • Managing Policies with the scio Utility
  • Managing Sensor Configuration with the scio Utility
  • Monitoring with the sctop Utility
  • Lab 6: Using Sensor Commands

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting

  • Review of Sensor Communication
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting Scenarios
  • Reimaging the Sensor
  • Lab 7: Troubleshooting

Day 3

Chapter 10: Managing Attack Objects

  • Examining Predefined Attack Objects
  • Examining Predefined Attack Object Groups
  • Creating New Custom Attack Object Groups
  • Updating the Attack Object Database
  • Searching the Attack Object Database
  • Lab 8: Managing Attack Objects

Chapter 11: Creating Custom Signatures

  • IDP Packet Inspection
  • Obtaining Attack Information
  • Understanding Regular Expressions
  • Creating a Signature-Based Attack Object
  • Creating a Compound Attack Object
  • Lab 9: Creating Custom Signatures

Chapter 12: Configuring Sensors for External High Availability

  • External HA Operation
  • Configuring Sensors for External HA

3 Days


This is a QA approved partner course

Delivery Method

Delivery method


Face-to-face learning in the comfort of our quality nationwide centres, with free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

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