Whether part of a firewall solution or a separate standalone appliance, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) technology is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of network security defenses. Fortinet, well known for its next-generation firewall (NGFW) solution, has built IPS technology for more than ten years. Fortinet customers expect and depend on high performance from FortiGate firewalls and FortiGate IPS benefits from this legacy, delivering pound-for-pound, the best IPS performance available in the market today. FortiGate IPS, following a different evolution path than traditional IPS, innovates in ways that other standalone IPS products do not.
Critics of standalone Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) claim the market is slowing down or even contracting, thinking this is reason to pursue alternatives to IPS technology. While many standalone IPS products at smaller branch sites and mid-sized campus sites are being replaced with IPS technology packaged into a firewall solution, the continued evolution of data centers has caused explosive growth for standalone IPS deployments. Whether part of a firewall solution or as a separate standalone appliance, IPS technology is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of network security defenses.
No organization that is concerned about sophisticated and targeted attacks can afford to ignore the protection offered by deep IPS inspection. However, that deep IPS inspection becomes computationally expensive with the ever-growing traffic volume of the data center, challenging organizations to balance their aggressive performance requirements against the reality of conservative budgets. Moreover, even with performance challenges managed, the talent shortage of qualified security professionals stretches teams to the point where the workload grows beyond their capacity. Fortunately, there is a flexible IPS solution that helps organizations addresses these challenges today, and its name is FortiGate IPS.