IDS vs. IPS: What’s the Difference?

Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) work together to detect and prevent malicious network activity – protecting your network from cyberattacks. IDS and IPS compare network traffic (or packets) to a cyberthreat database that contains known signatures of cyberattacks — and flag any matching packets. The main difference between them is that IDS is a monitoring system, while IPS is a control system.

IDS monitor and analyze network packets against a database of known attack signatures to detect and report on malicious behaviors. IPS also analyzes packets, but can take action to proactively deny network traffic based on what kind of attacks it detects — helping stop the attack.

Cost-Effective IDS/IPS Management

While both IDS and IPS are critical to your security strategy, maintaining an in-house team to implement, manage and monitor these systems 24/7 and respond to alerts and warnings is time-consuming, not to mention cost prohibitive.

That’s where DirectDefense comes in. Our team of security experts will manage and monitor your intrusion detection and prevention systems to mitigate the risk of business-impacting security breaches due to cyberattacks.

Our IDS/IPS services include:

  • Customized Planning, Design and Configuration of IDS and IPS
  • 24/7 Management and Monitoring of IDS and IPS Security Event Data
  • Advanced Event Correlation Capabilities to Identify Real Threats and Eliminate False Positives
  • Development of Escalation Procedures Based on Incident Type
  • Vulnerability Scanning and Patching of the IDS and IPS
  • Routine Reports and Log Storage for Compliance

IDS/IPS as a Managed Service Solution

Minimize risk and protect your organization’s network from attacks with an IDS/IPS managed service solution from DirectDefense. Through our IDS/IPS managed service solutions, your organization can leverage our expertise and experience in intrusion detection and prevention systems. With a fully-customizable service package, you can choose the level of support that best fits your security staff’s needs and meets the operational and governance requirements of your company.