4-5 Day(s)


This lab-intensive course introduces introduces students to the powerful features of the Cisco Sourcefire System, including FireSIGHT technology, in-depth event analysis, IPS tuning and configuration, and the Snort rules language.You will learn how to use and configure next-generation Sourcefire technology, including application control, firewall and routing and switching capabilities. You will also learn how to properly tune your system for better performance and greater network intelligence while taking full advantage of powerful tools for more efficient event analysis, including file type and network-based malware detection.This course combines lecture materials and hands-on labs throughout to reinforce the learning and ensure that you are able to successfully deploy and manage the Sourcefire System.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Technical understanding of TCP/IP networking and network architecture
  • Basic familiarity with the concepts of intrusion detection systems (IDS) and IPS
  • CCNA Security (ICND1 and IINS) recommended.


This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy and/or manage a Sourcefire System in a network environment.


Skills Gained

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the Sourcefire System infrastructure
  • Navigate the UI and administrative features of the Sourcefire System, including reporting functionality to properly assess threats
  • Understand how to deploy and manage the Sourcefire device
  • Understand the role FireSIGHT technology plays in the Sourcefire System
  • Understand advanced policy configuration and Sourcefire System configuration options
  • Analyze events
  • Write and configure several basic rules

Course Specifics

Course Outline

Module 1: Sourcefire System Overview and Classroom Setup

Module 2: Device Management

Module 3: Object Management

Module 4: Access Control Policy

Module 5: Network-based Malware Detection

Module 6: FireSIGH Technology

Module 7: Correlation Policies

Module 8: IPS Policy Basics

Module 9: Advanced IPS Polcity Configurations

Module 10: User Account Management

Module 11: Event Anlaysis

Module 12: Reporting

Module 13: Basic Rule Syntax and Usage

Module 14: Case Studies in Rule Writing and Packet Analysis

Labs - Part 1

  • Lab 1: Verifying the License
  • Lab 2: Testing the Environment by Running Attack PCAPs
  • Lab 3: Viewing Events
  • Lab 4: Layer 2 and 3 Simulation
  • Lab 5: Inline Interface Configuration
  • Lab 6: Creating Objects
  • Lab 7: Creating an Access Control Policy (Port Inspection)
  • Lab 8: Creating an Access Control Policy (Application Awareness)
  • Lab 9: URL Filtering
  • Lab 10: Including an IPS Policy in Access Control Rules
  • Lab 11: Creating a File Policy
  • Lab 12: Tuning the Network Discovery Policy
  • Lab 13: Viewing FireSIGHT Data
  • Lab 14: User Discovery
  • Lab 15: Creating a Correlation Policy Based on Connection Data
  • Lab 16: White Lists
  • Lab 17: Working with Connection Data and Traffic Profiles
  • Lab 18: Creating an Intrusion Policy
  • Lab 19: Including FireSIGHT Recommendations in an Intrusion Policy

Labs - Part 2

  • Lab 20: Tuning Your HTTP_Inspect Preprocessor
  • Lab 21: Apply and Test Your Policy and Variable Set
  • Lab 22: Create User Accounts and Configure the UI Timeout Value
  • Lab 23: Testing Exempt and Non Exempt Users
  • Lab 24: Permission Escalation
  • Lab 25: Working with External Accounts
  • Lab 26: Analysis Lab
  • Lab 27: Tunning Events
  • Lab 28: Context Explorer
  • Lab 29: Comparing Trends with Reports
  • Lab 30: Writing Custom Rules
  • Lab 31: Research and Packet Analysis
  • Lab 32: Revisiting the Kaminsky Vulnerability

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

Submit an enquiry from any page on this site, and let us know you are interested in the requirements box, or simply mention it when we contact you.

Upcoming Dates

Course Location Days Cost Date
4 2000 £2000 2018-09-17
5 2500 £2500 2018-01-08
5 2500 £2500 2017-12-11
5 2500 £2500 2017-12-04
5 2500 £2500 2017-11-20
5 2500 £2500 2017-11-13
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-23
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-16
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-16
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-02