Securing Cisco Networks with Open Source Snort (SSFSNORT) v3.0

The Securing Cisco Networks with Open Source Snort (SSFSNORT) v3.0 certification reflects an individual's expertise in managing network security using Snort, an open-source network intrusion prevention system. SSFSNORT covers areas such as Snort rule development, traffic analysis, and tuning the system for robust protection against threats. Industries use this certification to designate experts in securing their networks, which is imperative in the digital age marked by growing cybersecurity threats. SSFSNORT holders are typically well-versed in implementing, managing, and fine-tuning Snort on Cisco systems, ensuring optimal network performance, security, and resilience.

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About This Course

Securing Cisco® Networks with Open Source Snort™ is an instructor-led course offered by Learning Services High-Touch Delivery. It is a lab-intensive course that introduces students to the open source Snort technology as well as rule writing. You will learn how to build and manage a Snort system using open source tools, plug-ins, and the Snort rule language to help manage, tune, and deliver feedback on suspicious network activity.
This course combines lecture materials and hands-on labs throughout to make sure that you are able to construct a solid, secure Snort installation and write Snort rules using proper syntax and structure.

Audience Profile

Primary audience for this course are:

  • Security Administrators
  • Security Consultants
  • Network Administrators
  • System Engineers
  • Technical Support Personnel using Open Source IDS and IPS
  • Resellers

At Course Completion

Upon course completion, students should be able to:

  • Understand what Snort is and its basic architectural components
  • Understand Snort’s dynamic plug-in capapbilities
  • Understand the different modes of Snort operation
  • Perform installation and configuration of the Snort system
  • Install and configure Snorby
  • Configure and tune the Snort pre-processors
  • Understand rule maintenance and techniques to keep rules current
  • Create Snort rules using both simple and advanced rule-writing techniques
  • Monitor performance of a Snort deployment


Before attending this course, students should have the following:

  • Technical understanding of TCP/IP networking and network architecture
  • Proficiency with Linux and UNIX text editing tools (vi editor is suggested but not required)

Course Outline

Module 1: Intrusion Sensing technology, Challenges, and Sensor Deployment
Module 2: Introduction to Snort Technology
Module 3: Snort Installation
Module 4: Configuring Snort for Database Output and Graphical Analysis
Module 5: Operating Snort
Module 6: Snort Configuration
Module 7: Configuring Snort Preprocessors
Module 8: Keeping Rules Up-to-date
Module 9: Building a Distributed Snort Installation
Module 10: Basic Rule Syntax and Usage
Module 11: Building a Snort IPS Installation
Module 12: Rule Optimization
Module 13: Using Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) in Rules
Module 14: Basic Snort Tuning
Module 15: Using Byte_Jump, Byte_Test and Byte_Extract Rule Options
Module 16: Protocol Modeling Concepts and Using Flowbits in Rule Writing
Module 17: Case Studies in Rule Writing and Packet Analysis

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