What Is IDS/IPS And Why Do You Need It?

Jason Riddle


In a world where around the clock protection is often necessary in order to secure your network, IDS (intrusion detection system) and IPS (intrusion prevention system) technologies are coming into their own.

IDS/IPS systems have become increasingly popular as a means of protecting IT systems and managing cybersecurity threats because they deliver robust, personalized protection. But if you’re new to IDS and IPS, you probably want to learn more about what these systems are and why you need them.

In this blog post, we'll explain what IDS/IPS is and why it should be considered an important part of your security operations.

What is IDS/IPS?

Often businesses experience cyber security threats from malicious inputs that can threaten the rights and permissions of a network. If a malicious hacker manages to gain control of your IT systems then you can have a huge data breach on your hands. With Ponemon estimating that the average cybersecurity attack costs $5 million, it’s not small change at stake if you experience an intrusion.

This is where IDS and IPS comes in to help you detect and prevent those destructive cyber attacks. IDS stands for Intrusion Detection System, whereas IPS stands for Intrusion Protection Systems. They are quite similar systems and often work in conjunction with one another in order to ensure that network threats are prevented and managed effectively.

IDS: Intrusion Detection Systems monitors your network for suspicious activity and reporting back in order to create sets of data. When an IDS system detects something suspicious it will flag this with a warning notice. Action can then be taken in a strategic manner, independently of the IDS system. Unlike an IPS system, it doesn’t act as the middle man between the sender and receiver of information. An IDS system is more of a behind the scenes reporting system that provides information on which to base decisions on.

IPS: Intrusion Prevention Systems on the other hand are the front line defense. They monitor network traffic by sitting behind the firewall and keeping any malicious attackers away from the rest of your network. IPS systems are able to recognize patterns in traffic and act on them immediately so as to prevent attacks. In doing this, IPS is an active security resource - that is, it responds to real time data in order to stop cyber security attacks once a risk has been detected. IPS systems rely on pre-programmed rules that allow them to take actions. Whilst their main aim is to detect anomalies, once they find them IPS systems are able to block IP addresses and forward the relevant traffic on. In this way, they are more active (and proactive) than Intrusion Detection Systems.

Why do I need IDS/IPS?

It’s impossible to be on top of your cybersecurity at all times without the right people, process, and technology in place to have your back. The major benefit of IDS/IPS services is that when your network is compromised you are able to take the immediate action that is crucial to the integrity of your organization.

IDS and IPS systems take care of the detection and prevention of threats and mean that you can sleep well at night knowing that your network is protected. Our MAXX IDS/ IPS service delivers non-stop protection that works with your budget and is personalized to your business.


We’re so confident in our systems that we’re offering a FREE TRIAL of our IDS/ IPS service, so that you can experience the peace of mind that comes with around the clock protection.


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