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The Five Building Blocks of Attack Coverage: Assessing the Quality of Your Intrusion Prevention System

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Executive Summary

What makes one Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) better than another? Is it the total number of security filters? The overall performance or throughput of the device? Or maybe the number of known network attacks that the system can help block? When it comes to intrusion prevention - and to detecting and blocking unwanted or malicious network traffic - the focus should be on quality, not quantity. Organizations that are choosing an IPS vendor should start by assessing the quality of a solution's attack coverage. Certainly, there are other factors to consider - reliability, performance, manageability, scalability, and technical support - but the quality of attack coverage goes to the heart of the value proposition of any potential security solution.

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