What Is an IPS?

What Is an IPS?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

An intrusion prevention system (IPS) is a network security/threat prevention technology that examines network traffic flows to detect and prevent vulnerability exploits. An IPS can be used to detect attacks as they happen and also identify attackers.

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Key Points

  • An intrusion prevention system is a type of security system that helps protect networks and computers from unauthorized access or intrusion.
  • It can detect and prevent malicious activity such as viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats.
  • An intrusion prevention system can also help block unwanted traffic and improve network performance.
  • An intrusion prevention system is an important part of any security strategy and can be used to complement other security measures such as firewalls and anti-virus software.
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional