Effective intrusion detection and prevention is key to any secure environment, as it detects abnormal communications, scrutinises any network deviations and ensures correct policies are followed.
This is achieved using a range of different technologies - ranging from Next Generation Firewalls through to Artificial Intelligence - that are best suited to your particular environment and that work to flag any suspicious online threats to your network.
Our Managed Security Service supports both Intrusion Protection and Intrusion Detection using technologies ranging from Next Generation Firewalls through to Artificial Intelligence to alert you to unusual network activity or connections to potentially dangerous online content.
Intrusion detection systems (IDS) monitor networks for any suspicious activity that may result in data breaches or similar lapses in cybersecurity. Each IDS works by establishing what is ‘normal’ for a particular environment so that it can accurately detect and alert IT personnel to any deviations. This baseline is based on normal communication activity for protocols, sources, endpoints, user accounts, access times and data volumes. Intrusion detection systems are designed to work in conjunction with IPS systems to form an essential corporate cybersecurity solution.
An intrusion prevention system (IPS) is a network security technology that works alongside IDS solutions to halt identified threats. An IPS checks that communication policies are being properly enforced and IP systems are correctly configured to block access to dangerous websites and suspicious content. It works by controlling the security breaches identified by the Intrusion Detection System, similar to a firewall, by denying the malicious traffic, and is a key part of the unified threat management solution.
The main difference between an intrusion detection system (IDS) and intrusion prevention system (IPS) is that one works to identify threats, while the other works to resolve them. IDS systems only look for suspicious activity in line with a baseline measurement and alert IT personnel to it, while IPS systems proactively work to eliminate these threats and prevent the malicious traffic from reaching the network. Both require regular updates in order to stay proactive against the identification and prevention of threats.
IDS and IPS solutions are crucial for network security as they enable an organisation to constantly monitor, detect and prevent malicious traffic that poses a significant cybersecurity threat. Without this security management solution, a network is left vulnerable to cyberattacks that otherwise may go undetected. Intrusion detection and prevention systems make it easier to identify and respond to malicious activity, ensure regulatory security compliance is adhered to, and can be updated to respond to new threats as required.
As a key managed security service, our IDS and IPS solutions work to ensure your network remains secure by regularly monitoring, detecting and addressing cyber threats. The comprehensive service monitors your baseline network communications and will automatically identify areas of concern based on any deviations. This makes for a proactive and reliable cybersecurity solution that is tailored to your environment and can be scaled to suit your business requirements.
Network intrusions come in many forms, including suspicious traffic, protocol-specific attacks and targeted malware. Suspicious traffic refers to the creation of traffic loads that are too big for systems to adequately screen and therefore cause congestion, which allows attacks to be executed without being detected. Malware and specific standalone viruses can be spread through email attachments, or network backdoors, to give attackers easy access to systems, applications and related data.
When choosing a provider to detect and prevent intrusions, it is important to look for a proactive solution that incorporates the latest technologies and that is suited to your business requirements. Our Managed Security Service has no hardware or licensing concerns meaning it can scale according to your needs, and uses machine learning with integrated threat intelligence to ensure you are protected and defended 24/7, all year round.
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