First, I want to say that many people helped me during the writing of this book (too many to list here). Everyone whom I have dealt with has been very supportive and cooperative. There are, however, several people who I think deserve special recognition.

I want to thank the Cisco IDS course developers (Jeanne Jackson, Danny Rodriquez, and everyone else who contributed to the course's development), whose course provided me with the foundation on which to develop this book. The technical editors—Danny Rodriguez, Shawn Merdinger, and Jerry Lathem—supplied me with their excellent insight and greatly improved the accuracy and clarity of the text. I also want to especially thank James Kasper who provided me with an excellent understanding ...

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