Intrusion Detection System/Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) are an increasingly important segment of the network security market. The three initial designs and functions of an IDS/IPS are to protect organizations by monitoring their network, deliver important alerts on intrusions aimed at networks, and provide crucial evidence to prosecute cyber criminals and policy abusers. The market for IDS/IPS solutions is poised for a tremendous growth due to the heightened security threats and breaches plaguing all organizations producing a demand for effective security solutions as well as the convergence of IDS/IPS with other security products. IDS solutions have now become a common feature of security regimens and are considered by many to be the logical complement to network firewalls, thus extending the security management capabilities of system administrators to include security audit, monitoring, attack recognition, and response.
Although IDS/IPS have become a necessary addition to the security infrastructure of nearly every organization, the intrusion detection systems market is mature with new innovations taking a relatively long time to enter the market. According to the Frost & Sullivan’s Global Research Report, the intrusion detection industry has several key challenges across different applications:
1. Lack of situational awareness
2. High volume of false alarms, and by-law requirement of alarm verification
3. Central monitoring stations are constantly trying to reduce costs
4. Problems of scalability and deployment in large organizations
In this blog, we will explore some of the key challenges facing the IDS market and explore how Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) can help provide technological solutions resulting in enhanced threat management performance.
Provide situational awareness to combat today’s advanced threats
How organizations can gain situational awareness to improve network visibility and overall security posture.
Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) are primarily focused on identifying possible incidents, logging event incidents, and reporting. As new attack techniques evolve over the years, IDS/IPS products have adapted to these rapid changes. The next generation IDS/IPS is moving away from just identifying, reporting, and logging event incidents to focusing on delivering real-time monitoring and providing comprehensive situational awareness with deeper data analysis. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is on the forefront of recognizing these critical changes and has designed Aanval SAS to deliver a highly interactive and scalable market-leading IDS solution complete with network-security situational awareness. Improving situational awareness means boosting network visibility which results in better threat management. The improvements in situational awareness are designed to provide organizations with the ability to better identify and combat today’s advanced threats. Aanval SAS also delivers Situational Awareness reports that provide detailed displays of attack data from multiple vectors. Situational Awareness within Aanval allows analysts to quickly identify which specific devices and approximate areas of the network are at most risk and which are more likely to be a problem in the future. Analysts can configure networks, devices, IP addresses, services, and ports within Aanval that allow the Situational Awareness engine to quickly summarize network event information. Aanval SAS includes powerful GeoLocation IP details to allow analysts to quickly identify attack proximity for complete situational awareness. Furthermore, Aanval SAS provides multiple advanced real-time event and statistics displays to help users grasp current security and situational awareness.
Improve security by accelerating detection of attacks and delivery of security alerts
How organizations can successfully detect and react faster to security events and reduce both false alarms and false positives.
Intrusion Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) are a major line of defense for protecting network resources from unauthorized penetrations. A successful IDS solution can improve an organization’s network infrastructure and security posture by efficiently detecting suspicious events and reducing false alarms. Early detection of security incidents mitigates security risks as well as prevent security threats and malicious security breaches from actualizing and causing network downtime. In order to identify and prevent both security breaches and successful attacks, organizations should select an IDS solution that successfully augments both log management and threat management.
Security experts believe security solutions that interface with a successful Intrusion Detection Engine (IDS) is most suited to deliver real-time alerts and effective threat management. For example, Tactical FLEX, Inc. is among network security suppliers that provides a very strong focus on intrusion detection for successful threat management. Aanval IDS commercial solution also comes tightly integrated with effective Snort and Suricata open source security tool and can also support any device with syslog capabilities to deliver complete data management and real-time security alerts. Aanval’s threat management technology which provides greater intelligence and network visibility can quickly respond to high-risk security events by accelerating the detection of possible attacks. SC Magazine stated that the success of Snort IDS is due to the fact that users in the open source security community worldwide can detect and respond to bugs, worms, malware attacks, and other security threats faster and more efficiently than other IDS engine.
False positives may be the most significant pitfall of nearly all current day intrusion detection and correlation systems; however, Aanval SAS is equipped with the new Automated Event Validation feature that will help identify and reduce the amount of false positives. Aanval’s new device, service, and network definition controls provide the console with the intelligence it needs to assist analysts in identifying potential false positives in mass, allowing them to focus on the areas at risk and limit wasted time and efforts.
Monitor networks for less
How organizations can effectively streamline IT operations, obtain greater efficiency, and reduce monitoring cost.
A capable IDS solution should be focused on delivering efficiency and automation which in turn produces operational efficiency. Greater efficiency is a prime goal for all businesses including IT security professionals. Security professionals must continue to search for opportunities to improve efficiency and do more with less. With mounting pressure to cut security overhead cost while striving to manage the organization’s security posture with a limited operation budget, security professionals need to leverage IDS technology that will automate labor-intensive key tasks such as monitoring network activities, capturing log information, archiving security events, event correlating analysis, responding to security incidents, setting up policies, establishing reports, and creating or selecting intrusion detection rules to combat evolving security threats.
The Aanval IDS Solution delivers crucial operational efficiency through automating the tedious day-to-day tasks involving monitoring network traffic and managing events. Aanval’s automated database management simplifies the security tasks of capturing and managing a large number of security events as well as creating valuable reports and delivering real-time alerts. In addition, Aanval can successfully solve the daunting task of managing and archiving an unlimited amount of real-time and historical events. This automated capability helps deliver accurate event correlation analyses and provides an efficient way to search and locate event data without losing valuable time. Aanval thus drives operational efficiency through the intelligent use of automation technology.
Deliver scalability and flexibility of deployment to accommodate both business and network growth size
How organizations can obtain scalability to handle any network environment.
According to Dr. Charles Iheagwara, a security expert on IDS, states that “IDS deployment in large organizations presents several obstacles. The most obvious difference between small and large implementations is the number of machines that must be protected, and their interrelationships. Smaller organizations have less complexity and will have a simplified approach. Large enterprises may spend weeks deciding on the placement of IDS agents and managers, configuration groupings, balancing costs against effectiveness, and in developing an integrated solution, perhaps across multiple locations. Many security service providers are finding that scalability is their greatest challenge, particularly when dealing with large networks and many IDS devices. Entire projects have failed as a result of an inability to scale.”
Tactical FLEX, Inc. has expanded its leadership in a global market to cater to organizations of all sizes wanting a scalable, flexible, capable, and affordable security solution with impeccable intrusion detection capability to prevent security threats from actualizing. Aanval is the industry’s most comprehensive Snort, Suricata, and syslog intrusion detection, correlation, and management console. Aanval is designed specifically to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. Snort has become the single most widely deployed and trusted intrusion prevention and detection technology in the world.
Intrusion detection has indeed come a long way, becoming a necessary means of monitoring, detecting, and responding to security threats. Although the IDS market is experiencing technological challenges due to lack of product innovations, Aanval SAS is making a big splash in the market. Armed with advanced feature technologies, Aanval SAS is on the forefront of becoming the industry’s most comprehensive and best performing IDS Solution.
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