IPS Devices Reach for High End
Two intrusion prevention system vendors unwrapped high-speed offerings this week, vying for customers at the high end of the IPS market.Two intrusion prevention system vendors unwrapped high-speed offerings this week, vying for customers at the high end of the IPS market. Sourcefire Inc., best known for its IDS (intrusion detection system) based on the Snort open-source tool, announced the availability of its IS5800 Series IPS appliances, which can run at line speeds as high as 5G bps. The boxes use custom ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) that can detect and stop attacks on the largest, most complex networks. The appliances can run on up to seven separate processors, and all the vital system components, including disk drives, processors, power supplies and NICs (network interface cards), are hot-swappable.
Sourcefire executives said that enterprises willing to invest in such high-end solutions cant afford to have their security defenses fail. "These solutions have become vital to the networks of large enterprises," said Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sourcefire, based in Columbia, Md. "You cant have component failures bringing the whole thing down. Redundancy and failover are critical."