Best IDS/IPS solution

Winner: Cisco Systems for Cisco Intrusion Prevention System

The Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) protects the entire network with a range of deployment options and is able to deliver holistic network-wide security protection. This inline, network-based defense identifies, classifies and stops known and unknown threats to a network, including malware and directed attacks against servers, applications, clients and infrastructure components. Leveraging Global Correlation, Cisco IPS collaborates with tens of thousands of other security devices (including IPS, email security appliances, web security appliances) to provide fast and accurate threat protection. This advanced protection is easily deployed as a standalone appliance or as a module in a switch or router.

Cisco IPS is the only IPS with risk rating, global correlation capabilities, and the only IPS backed by Cisco Security Intelligence Operations. Cisco's patented risk rating system combines several sophisticated threat detection methods into one simple number representing the overall risk rating. It takes into account key factors, including threat origin, attack contents and target vulnerability and value. Cisco Security Intelligence Operations engages more than 500 researchers analyzing 500 GB of data from 700,000 sensors each day to detect attackers and help mitigate emerging threats. Global Correlation is Cisco's recently launched capability for IPS and enables Cisco to analyze threats from a broad range of technologies across the globe and pinpoint the source and behavior of attacks.

Intrusion detection technology has evolved to address today's complex threat environment and to meet increasing demands for security and compliance. These factors have also driven the move from pure intrusion detection capabilities to more full-featured intrusion prevention solutions. Cisco offers zero-day protection. When used with the Cisco Anomaly Detection feature, Cisco IPS can protect a network before signature updates are available, and can continue to improve protection through behavioral learning. Cisco IPS has helped customers meet compliance requirements such as PCI, SOX, and HIPAA, safeguarding companies from the expenses associated with noncompliance and data breaches. Cisco IPS offers simplified policy provisioning with Cisco's patented risk rating technology.

Finalists 2010

  • Cisco Systems for Cisco Intrusion Prevention System
  • IBM for IBM Proventia Network IPS GX6116 and IBM Proventia Network Security Controller
  • SonicWALL for SonicWALL NSA E7500
  • Sourcefire for Snort-based Sourcefire 3D System
  •  TippingPoint Technologies for TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

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