IDS vs IPS: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to IDS vs IPS, the difference is that IDS is a monitoring system, while IPS is a control system. 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.

IDS monitors and analyzes 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.

We recommend you do not think of these solutions as IDS vs IPS, but rather as IDS IPS – two solutions that work together to keep your organization safe from attack.

Cost-Effective IDS and 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 and 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 and IPS as a Managed Service Solution

Minimize risk and protect your organization’s network from attacks with an IDS/IPS managed security service solution from DirectDefense. Through our IDS and IPS managed security 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.