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Running head: NETWORKING 1
COMPARISON OF IDS AND IPS, AND HOST-BASED IDS AND NETWORK- BASED IDS
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NETWORKING 2
The differences between and IDS (Intrusion Detection System) and IPS (Intrusion
Prevention System)
Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are tools basically employed by administrators to
identify intrusion attacks, threats, or any unwanted activities within the network. The systems use
hardware and software security tools to detect both internal and external attacks. Intrusion
detection systems only detect an intrusion and then generate alerts to administrators but cannot
block or prevent such an attack from occurring. They are the best tools to monitor real-time
network activity; they are perfectly suited for network attack monitoring and forwarding alerts to
network administrators of potential or eminent network attacks or malicious activities over the
network. IDS limitations in terms of speed and performance have opened doors for IPS to
challenge it as the most enterprising defense weapon (Ashoor et al., 2019).
On the other hand, intrusion prevention systems (IPS) are tools that not only monitor the
network for potential attacks but also go ahead to take action to stop the attack. Intrusion
prevention systems do not require the network administrator to take any decision to prevent the
attack; they do that by themselves. These systems automatically analyze and take action on all
the inbound network traffic. IPS basically works in ways such as; sending alarms, dropping
suspicious or malicious packets, blocking packets from the source, and connection reset. The
main counter measure employed by IPS is to stop a threat or attack that is in progress. With the
limitations of IDS, IPS are widely being employed by network administrators as the best choice
to ensure real time network protection.

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Running head: NETWORKING 1 COMPARISON OF IDS AND IPS, AND HOST-BASED IDS AND NETWORK- BASED IDS Name Institution: Course: Date: NETWORKING 2 The differences between and IDS (Intrusion Detection System) and IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are tools basically employed by administrators to identify intrusion attacks, threats, or any unwanted activities within the network. The systems use hardware and software security tools to detect both internal and external attacks. Intrusion detection systems only detect an intrusion and then generate alerts to administrators but cannot block or prevent such an attack from occurring. They are the best tools to monitor real-time network activity; they are perfectly suited for network attack monitoring and forwarding alerts to network administrators of potential or eminent network attacks or malicious activities over the network. IDS limitations in terms of speed and performance have opened doors for IPS to challenge it as the most enterprising defense weapon (Ashoor et al., 2019). On the other hand, intrusion prevention systems (IPS) are tools that not only monitor the network for potential attacks but also ...
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