RE: NIPS Vendors explicit answer

From: Jason Haar (
Date: 05/01/04

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    Frank Knobbe said:
    > On Tue, 2004-04-27 at 10:39, Rob Shein wrote:
    >> In many large environments (like where I am right now) there can be
    >> confusion as to who is responsible for which system; the system in
    >> question may go unpatched as a result. When there's an IPS on top of
    >> everything, it makes a big difference, because now you have another
    >> layer of defense to protect it.
    > It seems that you have a failing/broken patch management system. I
    > would put resources towards fixing that instead of adding yet another
    > layer of band-aids (IPS).

    Frank - you're being a bit idealistic there...

    There are many types of businesses out there. Some businesses value
    security higher than others. Those businesses (whether they be
    multi-billion dollar companies or not) will have implemented security
    totally from policy down to technology - as you *should*. However, most
    companies (99%?) don't fall into that catagory - and I'd expect to see IS
    groups implementing technical solutions to (inherently) policy problems.
    It's just the way it is
    It doesn't make it right of course - just true :-)




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