Keysight, the test and measurement vendor, has announced that Ixia, its cybersecurity and visibility business, has announced BreakingPoint QuickTest, which enables organisations to quickly evaluate the performance and security of devices and networks to assess their cybersecurity readiness.

Today’s IT departments struggle against increasing network security threats while suffering from a cybersecurity skills shortage. According to Jon Oltsik, principal analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, “more than half of organisations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.” The lack of testing expertise creates opportunities for vulnerabilities in IT environments.

Optimising speed of cybersecurity testing

This innovation enables organisations to optimise the speed of their cybersecurity testing without compromise"Organisations are under pressure to make the right security investments to ensure their networks and applications are secure. This pressure, combined with the shortage of expert resources, forces organisations to compromise on the quality of their security testing,” said Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Ixia, a Keysight Business.

BreakingPoint QuickTest offers users all the power of BreakingPoint in pre-packaged test methodologies with expert analysis capabilities. This ground-breaking innovation enables organisations to optimise the speed of their cybersecurity testing without compromise.

Features of the test suites

BreakingPoint QuickTest offers concise and actionable test scores for rapid result analysis, and complete automation for continuous assessment. Test suites include:

  • Performance: to measure system performance while handling various types of application traffic mixes that include encrypted traffic
  • NetSecOPEN: to validate the device or system against NetSecOPEN standardised tests, industry guidelines and best practices for testing modern network security infrastructure including firewall, next generation firewall (NGFW), intrusion protection system (IPS), and threat detection solutions and services
  • Encryption Performance: to measure the system performance of TLS inspection devices or networks, while handling traffic encrypted using various types of ciphers and key sizes
  • Security: to validate the effectiveness of a security device or system in mitigating attacks and breach attempts while maintaining traffic continuity

Powered by threat intelligence

BreakingPoint QuickTest is powered by threat intelligence provided by Ixia’s Application Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Center, a globally distributed team of dedicated cybersecurity professionals that monitor and analyse the ever-evolving indicators that could threaten the security of IT networks worldwide.

Ixia’s ATI Research Center has been performing advanced security research for over a decade, providing intelligence updates to customers around the globe.