This device features real-timevulnerability discovery onthe network and can tuneand adapt its policies for the bestprotection. As it learns moreabout the network, it customisesits defences for the environment.

After reading the documentationit takes just a few quick configurationsteps and the IPS isready to go. We found the webinterface slightly difficult tonavigate at first, but it becamemore intuitive with practice.

This device prevented mostscanner attacks against our targetnetwork and provided easy-to-read,real-time logs on network activity.However, we could bypass the IPSwhen we tested with Core Impact,but we note that the product isaimed at datacentre markets andhas limited client signatures.

The documentation is clear andmakes setting up and configuringthe product an absolute breeze.We thought the manuals werewell-organised and specific.

The only thing we would haveliked to see was a guide to the webinterface and how to use it,because the interface was a littleconfusing and we had to learnhow to use it best through trialand error.

We found support for thisproduct to be average. There is asupport helpdesk, which is availableby phone, and email supportis also offered. There is also theoption to register with Lucid andget many other support features,but we could not discover whetherthere was an extra fee or cost formore support. This lack ofinformation we regarded ascounterproductive for the user.

With prices from around £1,450for ipANGEL 10 (10 Mbpsthroughput) to £85,000 or so foripANGEL 2000 (2.5 Gbpsthroughput) there is one for everysize of network and price range.

Unlike most devices in thiscategory, Lucid has developedproducts designed for the specificneeds of an environment.