Best Intrusion Prevention and Detection Products 2010

Check Point IPS-1
Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point IPS-1 intrusion detection and prevention system features an IPS-1 centralized interface with graphical management tools that allow

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a system administrator to quickly identify malicious activity, enhancing administrative efficiency and providing rapid-response mitigation. The product received high marks from the voters in all categories, but its intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, as well as its threat response time and easy installation received particularly favorable reviews, ultimately garnering it the gold medal.

Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System, built on the widely deployed Snort rules-based detection engine, combines vulnerability- and anomaly-based inspection methods to analyze network traffic and prevent critical threats from damaging the network. Readers gave the product solid grades for its intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, frequency of updates and threat response times, as well as reporting and alerting features, although, readers weren't as fond of its vendor service and support capabilities.

Cisco Intrusion Prevention System

The Cisco Intrusion Prevention System received commendable marks across the board, and brought home the bronze, mostly attributed to its ability to effectively and accurately detect and prevent attacks, its update frequency and response to new threats. Readers also rated the product highly for vendor support, reporting and alerting capabilities and return on investment. The Cisco Intrusion Prevention System is a network-based IPS that identifies, classifies and stops known and unknown threats.


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This was first published in September 2010

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