An Intrusion Detection System (IDS) monitors and analyzes computer network traffic to protect a system from network-based threats. An IDS reads inbound and outbound packets, searching for suspicious patterns. Malicious activity is usually reported to a Security Operations Center (SOC) or a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system. The Intrusion Detection System notifies administrators through alerts and sets severity levels. If the IDS is operating in IPS mode, or Intrusion Prevention System mode, it can bar the source IP address from accessing the network.

Here are five reasons why your company might need an Intrusion Detection System:

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Federal regulations require that IT departments collect logs and event data as part of their information security protocol. Unfortunately, a surprising number of organizations don’t have the expertise or the manpower to analyze this data. Recording logs and events is useless if no one is looking at and analyzing them!

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Most people are aware of network security threats coming from outside your network. Essential security tools like a firewall protect your network from the constant barrage of malicious agents attempting to enter. But did you know that information leaving your network can be just as dangerous?

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