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Best Intrusion Prevention and Detection Products 2009

Readers vote on the best intrusion prevention/detection products, including network-based intrusion detection and prevention appliances, using signature-, behavior-, anomaly- and rate-based technologies to identify denial-of service, malware and hacker attack traffic patterns.

Juniper Networks IDP
Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks IDP Series Intrusion Detection and Prevention Appliances won top honors from readers with high marks for effectively and accurately detecting, preventing and/or blocking attacks and suspicious activity. The appliances also received raves for their frequency of signature updates and reporting and alerting capabilities. Juniper Networks IDP uses signatures and other detection mechanisms.

3Com/TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems

3Com/TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems snagged the silver, drawing strong ratings in a number of areas, including frequency of signature updates, response to new threats and for effectively and accurately detecting, preventing and/or blockings attacks. The 3Com/TippingPoint IPS, an inline device, and is built on the TippingPoint ASIC-based Threat Suppression Engine to provide protection at gigabit speeds.

Sourcefire IPS

Sourcefire IPS, which is built on the open source Snort engine, earned the bronze with high scores from readers for its ability to effectively and accurately detect, prevent and/or block attacks. The product also scored well for frequency of signature updates and response to new threats. Sourcefire IPS combines vulnerability-based and anomaly-based inspection methods to analyze traffic.

"It's a good time to be an IDS/IPS provider because network equipment manufacturers are scrambling to partner with threat management vendors as they work to incorporate embedded network security features and intelligence into the network infrastructure for better visibility and enforcement for enterprises. Expect to see more partnerships like the one between HP and McAfee." -- Charlotte Dunlap, senior analyst, Synergy Research


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This was last published in September 2009

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