Network IPS tests reveal equipment shortcomings

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Network IPS tests reveal equipment shortcomings

Network security offerings from IBM, McAfee fare well

By Ellen Messmer

An independent test and evaluation of 15 different network intrusion-protection system products from seven vendors showed none were fully effective in warding off attacks against Microsoft, Adobe and other programs.

NSS Labs, which conducted the evaluation, found that the Sourcefire IPS showed 89% effectiveness against a total of 1,159 attacks on products such as Windows, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft SharePoint, while the Juniper IPS scored lowest at only 17% effectiveness. NSS Labs, which conducted the test without vendor sponsorship of any kind, also evaluated the 15 network IPS offerings for their capability in responding to “evasions,” attacks delivered in an obfuscated and stealthy manner in order to hide. In that arena, the McAfee and IBM IPS held up particularly well.

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