Increased spending on intrusion detection inevitable

An increasing number of users are showing interest in intrusion detection, according to Meta. Not only are companies seeing it as a must have in the short term, but also as a long term solution to their security woes.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  August 17, 2003

An increasing number of users are showing interest in intrusion detection technologies, according to Meta Group. Not only are companies seeing it as a must have in the short term, but they also intend to purchase various forms of the technology in the long term as well, as intrusion detection becomes widely accepted as a necessary part of well-secured environments.

"Organizations that have taken an intelligent approach to intrusion detection have had no problem establishing the value of the technologies," says Chris King, senior programme 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.

The analyst house believes that organisations failing to successfully deploy some level of intrusion detection capability could experience increased liability. Furthermore, excuses for failing to implement such solutions are thin on the ground, as Meta also reports that security officers have shown only minimal confusion as a result of the vendor transition from intrusion detection to intrusion prevention.

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