Cisco IPS 7.0: Performing the Cisco IPS Sensor Initial Setup

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


A Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) sensor can be configured to provide detection or prevention capability to help defend against network attacks. Such sensors can be integrated into the network in several different ways, which require special consideration. By initializing the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) sensor, you will configure and verify basic management and traffic forwarding capabilities of the Cisco IPS device.
This course describes the available Cisco IPS sensor network integration modes, provides an analysis of their benefits and limitations, and enables you to perform configuration, verification, and troubleshooting tasks that are used when first deploying a Cisco IPS sensor in its environment and when managing it during its normal operation.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to obtain the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP Security, Cisco Certified Security Professional CCSP Certification or Cisco IPS Specialist Certification designation. Established IT professionals with a good understanding of networking and Cisco technology, installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of devices used to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and network devices that Cisco uses in its security infrastructure. Candidates who have completed the Cisco Certified Network Associate Security Certification – Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)


Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Deploying Sensors in Promiscuous Mode

  • recognize how to plan the deployment of Cisco IPS sensors in Promiscuous Mode
  • identify key considerations for implementing Cisco IPS sensors in Promiscuous Mode
  • Deploying Sensors in Inline Modes

  • describe the features of Cisco IPS inline interface pair mode
  • identify key characteristics of the inline VLAN pair deployment mode of Cisco IPS sensors
  • identify key characteristics of VLAN group subinterfaces
  • Deploying Sensors in Selective Inline Analysis Mode

  • describe the key characteristics of the selective inline analysis deployment mode of Cisco IPS sensors
  • Using the Cisco IPS Sensor CLI

  • recognize how to access the Cisco IPS command-line interface (CLI)
  • identify tasks that can be performed within CLI
  • Initializing the Cisco IPS Sensor

  • describe how the setup command is used to initialize the Cisco IPS sensor
  • identify methods of gaining management access to a Cisco IPS sensor
  • Cisco IPS Device Manager

  • recognize how to use basic Cisco IPS Device Manager (IDM) features
  • Configuring Cisco IPS Sensor Interfaces

  • describe Cisco IPS sensor interface modes
  • identify sensor bypass functions that Cisco IPS sensors support
  • IDM Basic Traffic

  • configure basic inline traffic forwarding through the sensor
  • Troubleshooting Cisco IPS Sensor and Hardware

  • recognize how to troubleshoot the initial IPS sensor configuration