12 things effective intrusion prevention systems should do Making the right choice in selecting an intrusion prevention system

#1: Provide signature-based protection for server and client side attacks
#2: Scan all traffic, regardless of port or protocol
#3: Scan all traffic, both inbound and outbound
#4: Normalize traffic to prevent evasion and obfuscation
#5: Monitor and block traffic based on geographic origin
#6: Provide contextual awareness based on user
#7: Allow custom signatures to be created and installed
#8: Scan SSL encrypted traffic
#9: Detect and block malware as it enters the network
#10: Detect and block communication from systems that are already compromised
#11: Protect the network from denial of service and flood attacks
#12: Provide traffic analytics and integrate with other analytics engines

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