Security devices utilized across a company's business network or within its individual computers to monitor and analyze all system activities in order to defend against potentially harmful traffic and system intrusions. Averting such malicious system interference is vital to maintaining a functioning, available business network.
Well-implemented intrusion prevention systems can provide organizations with optimal protection against vulnerability and non-vulnerability based threats to keep business-critical information, applications, hosts and network elements up and running 24/7. Through careful monitoring of system activity in a real-time environment, businesses can proactively defend against potential threats including Trojan horses, vendor specific exploitation vulnerabilities, self-propagating worms, phishing and other types of detrimental traffic. Attacks and modes of system infiltration such as these can lead to fraud, loss of proprietary information, network deterioration and network paralysis. However, with appropriate intrusion protection in place, businesses can achieve an optimal level of network availability and functionality, which will subsequently lead to increased performance. Preventing attacks from occurring on a business network is important, but implementing a complete security system is still the most effective way of protection. In the event that an attacker does infiltrate an organization's network, security measures should be included within its intrusion protection system to effectively identify the threat and take the appropriate actions needed to eradicate it.