The application of various IT strategies to an organization's network in order to observe and examine system activity and prevent malicious traffic from accessing and then potentially harming or paralyzing the network. Appropriate protection procedures and devices, for real-time monitoring, play a major role in providing businesses with efficient network performance.
The ability for an organization to closely monitor its network performance will allow it to provide consistently functional, uninterrupted accessibility to end users. A network intrusion prevention system can give a business the IT security it needs to protect against malicious activity such as vendor-specific exploitation vulnerabilities, Trojan horses, spyware, phishing, self-propagating worms and other potential threats that can cause inhibited network operation. Preventative security measures can provide protection against harmful activities such as these by employing anti-virus software, firewalls and regular system analysis practices before a system is infected. In the event that an attacker does access a network and attempts to negatively influence system activity, intrusion prevention systems should be able to detect such risks and act quickly to defend against them. With the protection provided through the proper implementation of security strategies and software, businesses can increase the availability of their networks, gain scalable defenses against potential threats, and increase overall network performance.