BreakingPoint Systems released a detailed test methodology and video series that enables network engineers to test the deep packet inspection (DPI) features of content-aware network devices.
DPI functionality allows network devices such as content-aware switches and routers, next generation firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), and application delivery controllers to inspect and take action based on the contents and context of packets as they travel across the network. DPI is heavily leveraged in helping to prevent buffer overflow attacks, denial of service (DoS) attacks and intrusions. Effective testing of DPI functionality requires an authentic blend of application traffic, combined with live security strikes, at speeds of 10 gigabits per second.
BreakingPoint’s testing methodologies, videos and documentation can be found over here.