The Next-Generation IPS
The network IPS isn't like the firewall -- it's not a must-have security device found in most every enterprise network. Even so, today's intrusion prevention system is still gaining new features and becoming more tightly integrated into the security infrastructure.
The IPS is sharing more traffic attack data with the firewall and gaining virtualization features, horsepower, and enhancements to become more application-aware, as well as to help secure client machines. Compliance has helped keep the IPS alive and well, despite predictions of its demise over the years.
And it could be the federal government that gives IPSes a big boost: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently testing out an IPS system called EINSTEIN 3 that could eventually be deployed across all executive branch civilian networks. Even so, some security experts remain skeptical about the IPS finding a real home in the enterprise.
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