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FireEye Adds IPS Option to Network Threat Prevention Platform

Cyber threat protection firm FireEye has officially rolled out option to add an integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS) to its Network Threat Prevention Platform.

Cyber threat protection firm FireEye has officially rolled out option to add an integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS) to its Network Threat Prevention Platform.

Available this month as an add-on to the FireEye Network Threat Prevention Platform (NX series), the new offering is designed to give customers a “holistic view of multi-vector attacks” that goes beyond conventional IPS tools, the company said.

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Following the acquisition of Mandiant earlier this year, FireEye CEO David DeWalt said during an investor call that the company would launch a virtual-machine based IPS solution that leverages threat intelligence capabilities in order to reduces false positives.

“When you have an intrusion prevention system, the signatures that we load into the platform can make or break the detection on the IPS product,” DeWalt said.

DeWalt noted that by acquiring Mandiant, FireEye would gain a huge harness of signatures that could be added into the framework.

The FireEye Network Threat Prevention Platform with IPS consolidates advanced threat prevention with traditional security, offering an added layer of protection and helping organizations fulfill compliance mandates.

“When network traffic triggers a signature-based alert, the MVX evaluates the traffic to confirm whether the threat is real, greatly improving the signal-to-noise ratio,” FireEye explained. “In addition to passing an alert directly to the alert management system, as traditional IPS does, the MVX engine inspects the corresponding network traffic within instrumented virtual-machine environments. The MVX engine evaluates activity across multiple flows used in advanced attacks. That analysis is integrated with host-based detection and other components of the broader FireEye platform.”

“Today, security teams need to control costs while scaling against a more sophisticated foe,” said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. “By consolidating IPS with its virtual-machine technology, FireEye wraps security, compliance, and convenience into one box.”

Pricing for the new IPS offering comes as a 15% add on the NX list price. In the US, the NX 900 starts at $7,995 and the NX 10000 starts at $349,950, making the IPS add on $1,199.25 for the NX900 and $52,492.50 for the NX 10000.

More information is available online.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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