What is an Intrusion Detection System?

An intrusion detection system (IDS) identifies cyber attacks on a network or a host. Such attacks could include botnets, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), and ransomware.

The system analyzes and monitors suspicious network activity, vulnerability exploits, or policy violations via sensors placed on network devices or the host.

IDSs report any identified threats to an administrator or a security information and event management (SIEM) system.

Types of Intrusion Detection Systems

By Detection Method

  • Signature-based Detection
  • Anomaly-based Detection
  • Reputation-based Detection
  • Stateful Protocol Analysis Detection

By Network Placement

Key takeaways

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    Intrusion detection systems help information security teams identify cyber threats faster and more effectively.
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    They operate by analyzing and monitoring traffic using specially-placed sensors.
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    IDSs can use a range of different detection methods and operate on a network or host level.
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