Imagine my surprise when I read Experts: IDS is here to stay:
Conventional wisdom once had it that intrusion prevention systems (IPS) would eliminate the need for intrusion defense systems (IDS). But with threats getting worse by the day and IT pros needing every weapon they can find, the IDS is alive and well.
"IPS threatened to hurt the IDS market but IDS is better equipped to inspect malware," said Chris Liebert, a security analyst with Boston-based Yankee Group Research Inc. "IPS specializes in blocking, so each still have their own uses, and that's why IDS is still around."
IDS is now part of a larger intrusion defense arsenal that includes vulnerability management and access control technology. In fact, one analyst believes standalone IDS products will still be in demand five years from now while IPS technology will likely be folded in firewall products.
"In the long term, I do not think IPS devices will remain as separate products," said Eric Maiwald, a senior security analyst for Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. "We see this happening already. All of the major firewall vendors offer some amount of IPS functionality in their products. At the same time, there is much firewall-like capability in the IPS products."
IDS products will probably remain as separate devices because of the need to monitor happenings on a network and monitor actions of other policy enforcement points, he said. (emphasis added)
Wow, imagine that. Anyone who's read my books or this blog for any amount of time knows I've advocated this position for years. What's an "IPS" anyway? It's a filtering device, aka "firewall." What's an "IDS"? It's an attack or incident indication system. The two functions are completely different and should be separate. It's too late for me to say any more now, but I wanted to note this article before I forget I read it.