Attacks/Breaches
1/28/2014
05:58 PM
50%
50%

The IPS Makeover

Next-gen intrusion-prevention systems have fuller visibility into applications and data. But do newer firewalls make IPS redundant?

More organizations are deploying next-generation firewalls that include advanced application inspection and content awareness features, including many of the same features they have been they have been getting from old-school intrusion-prevention systems. That overlap has IT security leaders wondering: Do we still need a traditional, single-task IPS?

IPS vendors are rapidly adding new capabilities to make systems more functional and effective, hoping to resuscitate a category that has long been a staple of the IT security arsenal.

The data suggests that the IPS still has relevance, but its hold is fragile. In the 2013 InformationWeek Strategic Security Survey, only 43% of respondents considered IPS to be "highly effective" at securing their organizations. That response rate is down 3 points from the year before. The firewall fared better: 62% rated their firewalls as highly effective in 2013, though that was down from 66% in 2012. While the two systems stop different types of attacks, it's clear that IT groups view the firewall as more efficient than the IPS.

Read the full article in Dark Reading's January Tech Digest.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
AnonymousMan
100%
0%
AnonymousMan,
User Rank: Moderator
1/29/2014 | 2:06:38 AM
re: The IPS Makeover
Firewalls and IPS each serve a different purpose; comparing their efficiency is just stupid. It's like comparing the efficiency of a toaster and a waffle maker.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-2184
Published: 2015-03-27
Movable Type before 5.2.6 does not properly use the Storable::thaw function, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via the comment_state parameter.

CVE-2014-3619
Published: 2015-03-27
The __socket_proto_state_machine function in GlusterFS 3.5 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) via a "00000000" fragment header.

CVE-2014-8121
Published: 2015-03-27
DB_LOOKUP in nss_files/files-XXX.c in the Name Service Switch (NSS) in GNU C Library (aka glibc or libc6) 2.21 and earlier does not properly check if a file is open, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) by performing a look-up while the database is iterated over...

CVE-2014-9712
Published: 2015-03-27
Websense TRITON V-Series appliances before 7.8.3 Hotfix 03 and 7.8.4 before Hotfix 01 allows remote administrators to read arbitrary files and obtain passwords via a crafted path.

CVE-2015-0658
Published: 2015-03-27
The DHCP implementation in the PowerOn Auto Provisioning (POAP) feature in Cisco NX-OS does not properly restrict the initialization process, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands as root by sending crafted response packets on the local network, aka Bug ID CSCur14589.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Good hackers--aka security researchers--are worried about the possible legal and professional ramifications of President Obama's new proposed crackdown on cyber criminals.