Winner: TippingPoint Technologies for TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System
The TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) works to monitor outbound traffic and prevent critical data from leaving the corporate network. With the advent of web-based office suites and internet-connected backup technologies, a compromise of a single system can now yield the sensitive data of thousands of organizations, as opposed to just one. Further, organizations are increasingly concerned with customer information being stolen or with intellectual property being leaked to competitors. In all of these situations, data leakage prevention and detection becomes extremely critical. Customers can use IPS filters to identify the packets that would contain that information. If the contents of a particular packet are found to contain sensitive or confidential data, the IPS will then take action based on policies set by the administrator. This can include simply alerting the administrator that this information has gone outbound or it can be blocked leaving from the network altogether.
TippingPoint's network-based, purpose-built hardware solution is flexible enough to be placed at the network perimeter, at remote locations and at the network core. The IPS is transparent in the network and blocks inappropriate traffic in real time, protecting sensitive data from leaving the network, while also supporting compliance regulations. The Digital Vaccine service, the security intelligence in the TippingPoint IPS, offers evergreen security in the form of comprehensive vulnerability filters. These filters are developed to cover the latest threats and can monitor for common data points, such as Social Security numbers, to ensure these don't go out of the network. However, since organizations vary in what they want to protect and how they categorize sensitive data, TippingPoint offers a custom filter service that tailors IPS filters to customers' specific needs. This could include product-naming codes or financial information.
Challenging conditions are placing budget pressures on security executives. At the same time, as today's data center is driving demand for uncompromised security, the organization is driving to reduce IT administrative costs wherever possible. TippingPoint's IPS can be configured to monitor outbound traffic and keep confidential data from being leaked.