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IPS systems detect, block and alert on attacks against un-patched systems and applications.

Most common attack types that IPS systems are used for are;

Reconnaissance - Gaining information about system or network such as using port scanners to see what ports are open.

Policy Violations - Rules, protocols or packet designs that are violated. Like IP packet that are incorrect in length.

Exploit - Attempts to exploit a vulnerability of a system, application or protocol. For example buffer overflow attacks.

DOS\DDOS - When an attack attempts to bring down a system by sending too many requests such as SYN flood attacks.

Two of the most important aspects within an IPS solution is speed and security. An IPS solution should be able to cope with incoming packet inspection in a timely manner, with high detection rate and produce minimal false positives.

This section provides a list of network IPS vendors. For host based IPS, see endpoint protection and home user All-In-One internet security suites.

This section does not include network firewalls with IPS capabilities, only dedicated point solutions. See firewall section for firewalls with built in IPS functionality.

Some vendors have enhanced their products into Next-Generation IPS systems which are much more intelligent and have the ability to learn your network, learn your assets, make decisions based on your assets and integrate with your user directory so that they are able to identify who was logged in to a system at the time an asset was being attacked or an asset was executing the attack.





Intrusion Prevention Detection Solution Vendor List





Alert Logic is a cloud solutions vendor and offer a cloud based IDS service.


Check Point Software Technologies is a reputable security vendor and have an IPS solution for both small and large networks. IPS-1 is Check Point’s IPS dedicated solution.


Cisco Intrusion Prevention Systems by Cisco. The vendor is a leader in the networking space and have a range of security solutions including network IPS.


Corero Network Security acquired Top Layer Security who are a dedicated IPS and DDOS specialist vendor.


Damballa protects businesses from targeted attacks used for online crime.


DeepNines is a security vendor based in US. DeepNines Secure Web Gateway is a combination of their IPS and web security solutions in one appliance.


Enterasys Secure Networks is a wired and wireless network infrastructure and security solutions provider. As well as IPS they also specialise in NAC and log and event management (SIEM).


FireEye is a vendor offering an IPS product.


Global DataGuard is a security vendor with an IPS\IDS solution. Global DataGuard also provide other security solutions and services.


HP's TippingPoint is an intrusion prevention system. HP has a portfolio of IT solutions in other areas as well as security. HP TippingPoint is available in both hardware and virtual platform.


Huawei Symantec Technologies is a vendor of network security and storage solutions. Huawei deliver intrusion detection and prevention products.


IBM ISS is a division within IBM and have a portfolio of security solutions and services. IBM’s IPS solution is a well established enterprise class product.


Juniper Networks is a networking and security vendor with an IPS offering available in both hardware and virtual platforms.


Mcafee is a large security vendor with a wide range of security solutions. Mcafee has a very good IPS solution that can integrate into their Epolicy Orchestrator central management system.


NSFOCUS Information Technology is a network and application security vendor. NSFOCUS deliver an anti-DOS system and a network intrusion prevention system.


NitroSecurity is a security vendor who provides log management, database security and an IPS solution.


Radware is a data centre infrastructure company with an IPS solution offering. Radware specialise in application delivery and other security solutions as well.


Sourcefire is a security vendor with a huge focus on their IPS solutions.


StillSecure is a security vendor that offers IPS, NAC and managed services. Strata Guard is StillSecure's dedicated IPS solution.


Stonesoft is a security vendor with a firewall, IPS and SSL VPN product. Stonesoft Stonegate IPS solution comes in both hardware and virtual platforms.