Re: IPS, alternative solutions

From: Alex Butcher, ISC/ISYS (
Date: 09/15/04

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    --On 14 September 2004 10:01 +0000 Daniel <> wrote:

    > So far there has been a load of talk discussing which is the better
    > technology. Personally i dont think IPS is ready for the big time. Yeah
    > its great for small mum and dad networks, but for large financial
    > networks with billions of pounds flowing across them, would you trust a
    > technology to think and block what it seems as bad traffic?

    Certainly that's a risk with limited-accuracy signatures that are
    commonplace today.

    > So what are the alternatives?
    > I'd say more host based protection such as:
    > - Stack protection
    > - Application level firewalls (ModSecurity/SecureIIS)

    These two technologies are often included in Host IPS products.

    > - Host based firewalls

    Useful, but won't help in isolation (e.g. user receives a 0-day worm via a
    email attachment to their hotmail account and runs it; or, loads a
    malicious JPG image with an application that's vulnerable to MS04-28)

    Best Regards,

    Alex Butcher: Security & Integrity, Personal Computer Systems Group
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