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Intrustion Detection and Prevention Systems



Shirley M. Radack


This bulletin summarizes the recommendations developed by NIST for organizations in the effective use of intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS). These software systems help organizations to monitor and analyze events occurring in their information systems and networks, and to iddentify and stop potentially harmful incidents. The bulletin discusses the functions of intrusion detection and prevention systems, and describes four types of systems. It summarizes the components and architecture, security capabilities and management issues related to each type of system. NIST recommendations to organizations in implementing intrusion detection and prevention systems are included.
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information security, information systems, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, malicious activities, networks, prevention of attacks


Radack, S. (2007), Intrustion Detection and Prevention Systems, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created February 26, 2007, Updated January 27, 2020