IBM Security Network IPS Competitors and Alternatives

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Genrlmgr67
Senior Security Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Aug 25, 2019
Easy to configure and easy to use solution that integrates with many applications and scripts

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is intrusion detection and analysis. It is a great product because it is intelligent and does everything for us.

Pros and Cons

  • "This intelligent user behavior analytics package is easy to configure and use while remaining feature filled."
  • "The ability to do more complicated data investigation would be a welcome addition for pros, though the functionality now gives most people what they need."

What other advice do I have?

From my experience and from the security perspective, I recommend this product for all the people that need good security for investigation. The Splunk team and products are good for those purposes. The storage gets better priced with the amount you use. The storage is very expensive if you take some of the license options from the company. We won't be using unlimited storage for how much data will be imported from our bandwidth. I think the unlimited license is good because we will use a lot. On a scale from one to ten when one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Splunk User…
Kristaps Krauklis
IT Department manager at AS Attīstības finanšu institūcija Altum
Real User
Top 5
Mar 8, 2020
Easy to set up and use, has good reporting with lots of detail

What is our primary use case?

We are using Check Point IPS for securing our internal networks and our website, as well as all of the traffic that goes through us. The traffic is analyzed by the IPS, which checks for things like malicious files and different attack patterns. We are using the virtualized version.

Pros and Cons

  • "The reports are well written so that you can understand what type of attack has occurred, the originating IP address, and other details."
  • "Occasionally there are glitches and errors like false positives, which would be a nice area of this solution to improve upon."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is researching this type of solution is that they need to choose the product carefully. Most importantly, I would look from a performance perspective. Secondly, I would consider it from a pricing perspective because there are cheaper solutions available like Sophos and Fortinet, and they are good at what they do. If there is no firewall in place at all and this is their first project with protecting the enterprise, then it is reasonable to look at all of the vendors and look at what features are needed. The most important part is what your administrators are used to…
Alexander Rudenko
Team Lead at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Apr 16, 2020
Offers good protection and a huge rate of threat protection

Pros and Cons

  • "It has a huge rate of protection. It's has a low level of positives and a huge rate of threat protection. It's easy to deploy and easy to implement. It has an incredible price rate compared to similar solutions."
  • "Performance needs improvement."

What other advice do I have?

Make sure to have good sizing because it matters for the performance of the features. Also make sure to have a good design. Before starting with the deployment and installation for Sourcefire. Have a technical session with the local Cisco office or the local department to provide a good design. I would rate it an eight out of ten. We have some architecture concerns. I'm not really sure that Cisco can quickly solve this concern. Palo Alto has a user-friendly interface for the management.
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