[Snort-Users] new to snort and intrusion detection

Jonathan Jesse jjesse at ...9127...
Thu May 8 11:57:17 EDT 2003

First of all a little introduction.... I started working at my current
location a little over 6 months ago as a full-time computer support
person.  The place I work at is under 150 employees and before I can on
staff there was no computer support or network administration.  Every
small problem or upgrade was taken care of by an outside consulting
firm; including every day normal helpdesk requests, password resets,
printer jams, etc.
So in August of 2001, I was hired as a full time helpdesk/network admin
position.  Now, my boss (who is pretty IT savvy, just not very current
on things) and I are trying to get the company set with a solid
foundation and then move on to their.  Also part of the foundation is in
response to the auditors, got to love them.
So to make a long story short, I am somewhat knowledgeable in Linux,
having attained my Linux + certification from CompTIA, and my boss went
to a user group meeting for our core banking system where a guest
speaker spoke about Intrusion Detection and mentioned Snort.  My boss
asked if I knew anything about snort and could show it to him.  Today I
followed the guide "Enterprise Snort" by Steven Scott and have it up and
running on a Red Hat 7.3 system with MySql and Acid and everything
What I'm looking for is some help on how to learn how to use snort to
its fullest, any sources/documentation to the best use out of it?
Sorry about the long email
Jonathan Jesse
Network Specialist
Founders Trust Bank
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