Leverage Virtual Patching to Prevent Network Threats

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Understanding IPS Patching

An intrusion prevention system (IPS) acts as a security mechanism to detect and prevent network threats. The system accomplishes this by scanning network traffic for identified dangers.

Three criteria broadly categorize elements as threats. First, threats can be signature-based. In this case, vendors feed the IPS with information and patterns of well-known cyber threats. Upon recognizing such a pattern, the IPS swings into action. Second, threats can be anomaly-based. The IPS considers any unrecognizable element as a threat. Third, threats can be policy-based. Most organizations have security policies and configure their IPS to block any activity violating these policies.

Setting up an IPS is one of many best practices thtat your organization can implement to prevent breaches. Cybercriminals are creative, and devise threats to bypass some of the most rigorous defense systems. Patching helps prevent these newly-developed attacks.

Let’s explore what IPS patching is, and the important role it plays in protecting your systems.

Virtual Patching

As its name implies, patching mends or covers known vulnerabilities in software and that can be both in operating system (OS) or third-party software. We’re all familiar with patch requests by software providers—these are software updates that appear on-screen periodically, warning

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