As we have said it before, Computer Security is not something that you can just add on when you need it.
Proper planning, installation, monitoring and maintenance all become part of a successful IDS/IPS implementation.
Typically IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems) are deployed to monitor the network traffic, to determine the type of traffic and the various ports which are being monitored.
While IDS can be employed on Computer Systems, you should have a planned approach on how to implement the detection, in the event that your system has been compromised.
While some companies have still not invested in Security, implementing an effective IDS or IPS environment, will pay for itself to be deployed.
A network IDS environment monitors the traffic which has already gotten into the network.
Think about it, the compromise has already occurred (or the attack initiates inside your network boundaries).
Some people may consider that IDS or Network IDS is a reactive tool for implementing security.
If you are implementing an IDS or NIDS system to counter the problems due to infections from email, we recommend that you consider the cost effective SpamZapper which we promote at No-JunkMail.com and Spam-Zapper.com.
Countering the Attacks as they occur is the work of an IPS (Intrusion Prevention System).
The IPS solution monitors the activity of connections which have access to the environment, and quickly closes connections which are determined to be of hostile intent.
Our self-defending environment has permitted our servers to run on the Internet without infection. You've probably already heard that unprotected machines can be infected in under 4 minutes! Our Self defending environment detects unwanted activities, and then blocks unwanted access.
All servers on the Internet are vulnerable to attack, and therefore need to have a level of protection which you would not normally have for your internal network.
Since we host both Email and Web Hosting Services (as well as provide Security, and Internet Support for Businesses and ISPs), we have integrated an IPS into our SpamZapper systems to provide better protection for them on the internet.
Using an IDS / IPS configuration is essential to protecting your environment, from both internal and external threats.
Choosing to add an IDS solution or an IPS Solution will be determined by your company's network and their need for security.
We employ many tools in our environments for Security.
All of the tools we recommend, we have employed in our own environment.
Whether you need Detection or Prevention, let our experience in Security, Networking and Enterprise Management get your implementation launched.
Whether you are seeking support for IDS, IPS, or our Self Defense Environment, you can count on our experience to get the job done right.
Albert E. Whale, CHS CISA CISSP
ABS Computer Technology, Inc. - We always provide "A Better Solution."
ABS Computer Technology, Inc.
519 Nichols Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237