HP Introduces New IPS and Security Services
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A core component of modern enterprise security is the IPS (Intrusion Prevention System). HP is now advancing its TippingPoint IPS portfolio with the new NX platform, which it says can deliver as much as 13 Gigabits per second of IPS inspection throughput. The purpose-built, modular platform enables administrators to plug in new ports or different types of ports. "The operating system is the TippingPoint Operating system, and the box is a custom built box with custom silicon to make sure we get the best performance," Callahan said.
The NX is also what is known as a Next Generation IPS (NGIPS), device as it bundles in application awareness. The NGIPS market is a competitive one, with rivals like IBM debuting its own system. The IBM Security Network Protection XGS 5000platform, announced in July, can handle up to 2.5 Gbps of inspected traffic.
HP's product includes a reputation feed, which enables the TippingPoint IPS to block access to known bad IP addresses, whether outbound or inbound.
"The NX platform brings in the idea to also do security based on reputation feeds," Callahan said. "So it's not only pattern and filter matching."