June 1, 2012

Intrustion Prevention System Upgrade

For every company making steps to increase their web presence and move to the cloud for critical business applications there is a hacker looking for a vulnerability that will help them make quick money or a name for themselves. With the recent upgrade of our Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) system Edge has taken steps to help protect our customers from these attacks while allowing them to continue to grow their businesses.

What is an IPS?

An IPS is an inline system that detects and reacts to attacks against web applications and servers. This device looks for known patterns in the network traffic to determine if an attack is being attempted and reacts based on predefined rules. These rules can be set to perform a variety of actions with the most common being a block from the network.

How does it benefit the customer?

There are a number of attacks, like brute force attempts, SQL injection, and remote file inclusion, that web accessible devices must face everyday. These attacks can not only cause strain on a server but if successful can also lead to a loss of revenue, additional costs from cleanup efforts, and loss of brand loyalty. By filtering traffic through an IPS malicious activity is stopped before it reaches a customer’s application or server. Not only does this decrease the chance of it being compromised but the filtering also allows for a more efficient use of the resources on the server, since most of the traffic that passes through is legitimate.

What improvements has our recent IPS upgrade brought?

The IPS we recently upgraded to has 10G fiber connectivity which eliminates the potential for a network bottleneck caused by a sudden spike in traffic. In addition, the solution has far more resources than the previous model, which allows for a faster processing of traffic and application of rules to stop attacks.

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