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IPS vs. IDS: Similar on the Surface, Polar Opposites Underneath

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Executive Summary

A common notion is that an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is nothing more than an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) deployed in-line with blocking capabilities. Although IPS and IDS both examine traffic looking for attacks, there are critical differences. Learn why that notion is incorrect and the many critical differences in the nature and priority of IPS and IDS requirements organizations need to consider before making a commitment.

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