Heads Up

  • Detection technology is moving into the operating system. Windows XP includes a basic firewall/IDS system that may prevent rudimentary forms of tampering. The built-in system cant stand by itself, however.
  • IDS vendors are moving toward a more scalable, three-tier architecture. This should reduce the cost of maintaining these defense systems while making it easier to ensure they are configured correctly. Its doubtful there will be interoperability among different vendors products with any degree of completeness.
  • Watch for CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) hosted by Mitre Corp. to play a role in regularizing how attacks are reported, thereby making it easier to detect and prevent intrusions.