IDS solutions show signs of maturity

Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are forming core components of enterprise security plans, according to Meta Group. Research by the analyst group reveals that both short and long term plans of Global 2000 organisations include IDS.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  August 6, 2003

Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are forming core components of enterprise security plans, according to Meta Group. Research by the analyst group reveals that network and host IDS solutions feature in the short term plans of Global 2000 organisations. Long terms plans also included various IDS systems.

Enterprises also intend to invest in centralised security information management consoles in the long term.

“Organisations that have taken an intelligent approach to intrusion detection have had no problem establishing the value of the technologies,” says Chris King, senior program director for Meta Group's security & risk strategies team.

“Those that have purchased a product without the benefit of an underlying policy and plan naturally feel like they have wasted their money, because they have. Technology alone does not improve security, and causing a false sense of security can actually harm the security effort,” he adds.

Meta Group also advocated the implementation of IDS solutions, suggesting that those enterprises that do not invest in such products are exposing themselves to increased liability.

The analyst group also reports that many Global 2000 organisations have not yet established a degree of separation between information security and IT. Currently, information security professionals/departments still report to the CIO or CTO.

“As security has now started showing some signs of maturation, we are seeing a gradual growth in understanding that technology risk needs to be managed in parallel with IT rather than within IT. But it is difficult to find an executive other than the CIO that is willing to take over an area like information security before it fully matures. Of course, even many CIOs are still resistant,” says Mark Bouchard, senior program director for security & risk strategies, Meta Group.

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