Chapter 5. Additional Intrusion Detection and Prevention Devices


The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches support the Intrusion Detection System Services Module 2 (IDSM-2). This is a powerful option for adding IPS capabilities to the network, because it leverages the existing Cisco network infrastructure. The IDSM-2 also benefits from the power of the 6500 series switches.


You should be aware of some key differences between this module and a typical Cisco IPS sensor (such as the 4200 series):

  • It does not support sensor virtualization using inline VLAN groups.
  • It does not support subdividing inline interfaces or VLAN groups.
  • It automatically synchronizes its clock with the switch.
  • It does not have a clock set command.
  • It has only ...

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