On the internet, the NIDS(Network Intrusion Detection System) has been widely deployed to protect the internal network. The NIDS builds a set of rules with analysis results on illegal packets and filters them using the rules, thus protecting the internal system. The number of rules is ever increasing as the attacks are becoming more widespread and well organized these days. As a result, the ... [Show full abstract] performance degradation has been found severe in the rule application fer the NIDS. In this paper, we propose a multiple pattern matching scheme to improve rule application performance. Then we compare our algorithm with Wu-Mantel algorithm which is known to do high performance multi-pattern matching.