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Defining value: Picking an IPS – security considerations

By Jennifer Lake, Security Product Marketing, HP Networking

 

I work out pretty regularly and recently decided to switch from one gym to another. On the surface both gyms appeared to have the same list of features. I mean, it’s a gym right? Both have the requisite weight machines, treadmills, elliptical machines, etc. The price was similar, the people too. So what things did I look at to select one gym over another?

 

What it comes down to for me are little things that make it easier to get there, get my work out in and get home. Ultimately, the easier it is, the more often I go and the better value I get out of my membership.

 

shellgame.jpgI think selecting an IPS is very similar. Like the gym, every IPS has the same basic functionality – it scans traffic and deploys some sort of filter block bad packets from entering the network and delivering a nasty payload. But in order to choose the right one for you…for your environment, it is important to look deeper at the how each feature relates to you and provides a more valuable experience.  Because after all, if you don’t use something the value is null, no matter how great it seems. 
 


The Vendor Landscape for intrusion detection and prevention

 

This week Info-Tech Research Group, a global leader in providing tactical, practical information technology research and analysis, released its latest Vendor Landscape report for the category of Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDPS).  The report looked at nine IDPS vendors and rated the products for their usability, affordability and features. Each vendor was also evaluated on company viability, product support and overall strategy in the market. Info-Tech pointed out that most IDPS vendors have the same basic “table stakes.” This means they offer the same basic functionality. It’s just up to the organization to see how each feature relates to them and provides the most value for their needs.

 

winner.jpegOf the nine vendors, Info-Tech Research Group named the HP TippingPoint IPS as a champion for its industry research and comprehensive filter development. The write up on HP states, “If the integrity of data on your corporate network requires extremely high level security, HP’s DVLabs suite is the most up-to-date signature database on the market.”

 

According to the company, champions receive high scores for most evaluation criteria and offer excellent value. They have a strong market presence and are usually the trend setters for the industry.


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Info-Tech Research Group has a thirteen-year history of delivering quality research and is one of North America's fastest growing full-service IT analyst firms. Their Vendor Landscape reports are designed to help enterprise IT decision-makers identify a short list of vendors for their IT programs depending on their needs. Following is a graphic showing HP among its competitors.

 

>> Find more information on the HP TippingPoint IPS.

 

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