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RE: Recommending an IDS system
From: "Josh Mills" <JMills () cnbwaco com>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 17:18:38 -0600

I have implemented a new cisco ids solution and i am very pleased with it! the signatures are highly tunable for a 
commercial package and it seems to be pretty stable. the sensor itself runs on redhat so maybe it isnt that much 
different than snort.

-----Original Message-----
From: Reza Kordi [mailto:rk () 4unet net]
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 2:03 PM
To: 'Andy Cuff'; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Recommending an IDS system 


Hi Andy

How good can vendor independant IDS solutions (Specially Opensource) work in
an Enterprise Cisco Based network?

What do you think about Cisco IDS solutions?


Best Regards
Mit freundlichen GrĂ¼ssen
Meilleures Salutations
med vennlig hilsen
 
Reza Kordi


-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Cuff [mailto:lists () securitywizardry com] 
Sent: Samstag, 28. Februar 2004 11:21
To: Matthew MacAulay; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Recommending an IDS system 
Importance: Low

Hi Mat,
I was faced with the same dilemma some years back, my site below details the
various technologies you can bring to bear.  I also wrote an article for
SecurityFocus regarding deploying IDS from a vendor neutral standpoint
http://www.securityfocus.com/infocus/1754

I'd suggest starting simply and building up but always keep the defence in
depth end goal in sight.  Also, don't forget that in addition to detecting
attacks you have to react to them also.  If you need further advice offlist
don't hesitate to ask.

Finally, if you go down the Network IPS route there are 2 main varieties;
rate based and content based, I refer to the former as Attack Mitigation
Systems  they fill an important role but IMHO are not IPS.  Ideally you
should have both varieties.   There are some products that claim to do both,
but .....

take care
-andy
Talisker Security Tools Directory
http://www.securitywizardry.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew MacAulay" <matthew.macaulay () cobweb co uk>
To: <security-basics () securityfocus com>
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:36 PM
Subject: Recommending an IDS system



Hello,

I have been tasked with looking at and recommending an IDS system for my
company.

I have been looking at open source products (Snort) which seems to be a
very good system with a lot of community support. My problem is we are
an ASP. We want connections to be able to reach our systems for the
services we provide. I want to be able to monitor over 100 internet
facing servers (behind Firewalls and load balancers) and alert / and
possibly block non normal traffic / detected attack signatures.

After doing some reading into different methods IDS v IPS, Host v
Network, I favour a combination, we have at anyone time up to 50,000
concurrent connections to our systems so I have a problem of scale. One
Snort box is just not going to cut it!

Looking at how I can "tap" into the network traffic has been partially
solved by using IDSVLANS which is supported by our Switch hardware.
(Nortel 8600) So an IDSVLAN could be setup for each of our existing
VLANS and a couple of load balanced IDS boxes per IDSVLAN to alert to a
central server to produce reports / alert / wake people up.... Sounds
great.

Though I have not looked at it in as much detail as network based IDS, I
expect I can get a hosts based IDS to also alert (SNMP or what ever) to
a central server to again produce reports / alerts / wake people up.

I am interested to here what systems you use to do IDS / IPS. Do you
have in place IDS systems for platforms of a larger or similar scale? I
would like to here from people have who have faced similar challenges.

Questions I keep asking myself:

Am I trying to do too much, should I just concentrate on host based IDS?

Is network based IDS the right way to go?
Or am I right in trying to do both?
Should I be using an open source product to do ID?
Are there commercial products which can do what I want?

Your thoughts, recommendations and pointers to further reading are
welcome.

Regards,

Mat.


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