What an Effective Intrusion Detection System Should Do: Making the Right Choice in Selecting an IDS/IPS Solution

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.

Conclusion:

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.

To see how Aanval SAS can help your organization, we invite you to explore Aanval by visiting https://www.aanval.com

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Aanval and Emerging Threats Co-Host Webinar on Enhancing Network Visibility and Threat Protection Against Malware on Snort and Suricata IDS/IPS Platforms

Live Webinar Featuring Aanval SAS and Emerging Threats’ Global Marketing and Product Management Director Bryon Rashed for a discussion on trends and malware attacks seen in enterprise networks today and solutions to minimize business risks. 

SEATTLE, July 10, 2013 – Tactical FLEX, Inc., a global provider of information security, vulnerability, and risk management software solutions, today announced it will co-host a webinar with Emerging Threats on Wednesday, July 31 titled, “Selecting the Best IDS/IPS Solution and Most Comprehensive Ruleset for Enhanced Visibility and Threat Protection Against Malware. Utilizing Aanval SAS and Emerging Threats’ Security Intelligence to Minimize Business Risk.” In this live presentation, attendees will obtain an understanding on what is causing malware to rise and what companies do about it. Attendees will also learn how Aanval SAS, the most comprehensive Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat management console, and Emerging Threats, the world-leading provider of open source and commercial threat and malware intelligence, utilized together can help enhance network visibility and threat protection against malware on Suricata and Snort IDS/IPS platforms, thereby minimizing business risk. 

What should IT security professionals look for when selecting a malware protection solution? Join this complimentary educational webinar:

* To gain insights on Emerging Threats’ latest research concerning malware attacks targeting all organizations and the business risks involved. 

* And to explore the threat management capabilities of Aanval SAS and the contributing factors to Aanval’s popularity and global success.

To register for the free webinar on Wednesday, July 31 at 2:00pm EDT, visit our website at https://www.aanval.com/webinar

About Emerging Threats
Emerging Threats is a world-leading provider of open source and commercial threat and malware intelligence. Founded in 2003 as a cyber security research community, Emerging Threats has become the de facto standard in network-based malware threat detection. The company’s ETOpen Ruleset, ETPro™ Ruleset, and IQRisk™ suite of threat intelligence are platform agnostic for easy integration with Suricata, SNORT®, and other network intrusion protection and detection systems. With ETPro Ruleset, organizations can achieve the highest standards of malicious threat detection with world-class support and research for extended vulnerability coverage. ETPro Ruleset is ideal for enterprises, government agencies, financial institutions, SMBs, higher education, and service providers. Learn more about Emerging Threats by visiting: http://www.emergingthreats.net

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval®  is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat management console. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting: https://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation. Follow Aanval® on Twitter @Aanval.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. Announces July Aanval SAS Webinar Schedule

SEATTLE, July 5, 2013 –Tactical FLEX, Inc., a global provider of information security, vulnerability, and risk management software solutions, today announced the July Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) webinar schedule. The webinar series will cover live demonstrations, product tours, program overviews, and also feature industry expert Byron Rashed, Global Marketing and Product Management Director of Emerging Threats. 

Visit our Webinar page to view upcoming educational webinars or past webcasts and our Demo page to view live demo schedules and product tours.

July 2013 Event Schedule

Educational Webinar: Selecting the Best IDS/IPS Solution and Most Comprehensive Ruleset for Enhanced Visibility and Threat Protection. Choosing and Utilizing Threat Intelligence to Minimize the Business Risk by Emerging Threats and Product Tour of Aanval SAS

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 31 at 2:00pm EDT » Click for Registration
Featured Guest: Byron Rashed, Global Marketing and Product Management Director of Emerging Threats

Join Tactical FLEX, Inc. in this complimentary educational webinar where Byron Rashed, Global Marketing and Product Management Director of Emerging Threats, will share valuable research data concerning trends in malware attacks and techniques seen in enterprise networks today. The business risks associated with malware attacks and malware protection will be explored. In this joint presentation, Tactical FLEX, Inc. will also introduce Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), the industry’s leading Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console designed to deliver end-to-end network visibility. A product tour of Aanval’s threat management features, systems, and technologies will be provided. Learn why Aanval is the solution for IT security professionals demanding a proven security and network operations tool with a strong focus on intrusion detection, coupled with robust log management and SIEM capabilities.

Reseller Webinar: Join Tactical FLEX, Inc. and Grow Your Security Practice: Aanval Reseller Program Overview

Date/Time: Thursday, July 25 at 2:00pm EDT » Click for Registration
Presenter: Kenneth Bitz, Strategic Alliance Director at Tactical FLEX, Inc.

Join us for a live, interactive 20-minute webinar where Kenneth Bitz, Strategic Alliance Director at Tactical FLEX, Inc., will provide an introduction to Tactical FLEX, Inc.‘s Reseller Program. Becoming an authorized Reseller is free and there are numerous business benefits and advantages to capitalizing in Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System). Aanval the industry’s leading Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console designed to deliver end-to-end network visibility. Currently there are over 6,000 organizations worldwide in various industries that rely upon Aanval as part of their security infrastructure. Aanval is the solution for IT security professionals demanding a proven security and network operations tool with a strong focus on intrusion detection, coupled with robust log management and SIEM capabilities. Tactical FLEX, Inc. enables small- and mid-market enterprises to quickly deploy, easily implement, and operate a cost-effective intrusion detection solutions at a fraction of the cost of other platforms. 

Live Demo Series: Aanval SAS Event Log Management Technology and Threat Management Features Simplified

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00pm EDT » Click for Registration

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00pm EDT » Click for Registration
Date/Time: Visit our Demo page to view entire global schedule and time-zones

Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) is the solution for IT security professionals demanding a proven security and network operations tool with a strong focus on intrusion detection, coupled with robust log management and SIEM capabilities. Join us for a live, interactive 30-minute demo of Aanval’s event log management technology and popular threat management features. Learn how you can obtain full visibility of your IT environment with Aanval SAS.

Event Log Management Technology: See why Aanval’s real-time log management solution delivers an unmatched competitive edge over other vendor solutions. Supporting Suricata and Snort (the world’s most widely used intrusion detection engine), as well as any device capable of outputting log information, Aanval imports, normalizes, and correlates event information for powerful, fast, and scalable analyses. More importantly, Aanval’s advanced search engine allows users to access, search, monitor, correlate, and report colossal amounts of real-time and historic event log data. Searching for raw and historical data for forensic analysis, as well as tracking the attacks and locations of IP addresses area straightforward and has never been quicker.

Popular Threat Management Features: Aanval helps IT departments focus and get back to protecting their network by automating security and building systems that allow security professionals to make determinations quickly while being well-informed. Explore the advanced threat management features of Aanval SAS including Situational Awareness, False Positive Protection, Event Correlation, and Live GeoLocation. Discover why Aanval is the industry’s most comprehensive Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. 

Live Tutorial: How to Use and Optimize Your Aanval Console for Real-Time Threat Management

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24 at 1:00pm EDT » Click for Registration

This complimentary live demo is designed for prospective Aanval SAS users and investigators. During our first “Getting Started with Aanval SAS” live demo series, our Support Department will show you how to use and optimize your Aanval console for real-time threat management. Aanval SAS is simple to use and loaded with robust and powerful security features, and we want you to make the most of them to ensure your networks are secured. If you have yet to experience Aanval, download Aanval SAS in your own environment today for free and join thousands of IT security professionals and security researchers who are fighting to achieve greater situational awareness and network visibility using this remarkable tool.

About Emerging Threats

Emerging Threats is a world-leading provider of open source and commercial threat and malware intelligence. Founded in 2003 as a cyber security research community, Emerging Threats has become the de facto standard in network-based malware threat detection. The company’s ETOpen Ruleset, ETPro™ Ruleset, and IQRisk™ suite of threat intelligence are platform agnostic for easy integration with Suricata, SNORT®, and other network intrusion protection and detection systems. With ETPro Ruleset, organizations can achieve the highest standards of malicious threat detection with world-class support and research for extended vulnerability coverage. ETPro Ruleset is ideal for enterprises, government agencies, financial institutions, SMBs, higher education, and service providers. Learn more about Emerging Threats by visiting: http://www.emergingthreats.net

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Follow Aanval on Twitter @Aanval.