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Intrusion Prevention System

Built into our Fortigate Firewall Solution, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is a powerful network security technology that keeps a watchful eye on your solution to proactively identify and block threats. Discover how IPS can protect your data and keep your network secure.

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Understanding Intrusion Prevention System

IPS protection identifies potential threats by monitoring network traffic in real time by using network behaviour analysis.

How do Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) Work?

  • IPS identifies potential threats by monitoring network traffic in real time using network behaviour analysis
  • An IPS is typically deployed “in-line”, sitting in the direct communication path between the source and the destination
  • An IPS can be deployed as a standalone IPS or turned on inside a next-generation firewall (NGFW)
  • Once malicious traffic is identified, the IPS deploys a virtual patch that implements layers of security policies and rules, intercepting and preventing exploits at the network level.
  • IPS is often used alongside IDS (Intrusion Detection System) as part of a comprehensive network security strategy. While IDS focuses on detecting and alerting about potential threats, IPS takes it a step further by actively blocking or mitigating those threats in real-time
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Fortigate IPS works to protect your data from malicious attacks, including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks, Port Scanning, ARP Spoofing, Buffer Overflow, and IP Fragmentation.

Get Superior Protection with Fortigate IPS

  • Deep inspection for advanced threats, botnets, zero days, and targeted attacks on the network
  • Independent third-party validation demonstrates superior detection and best price performance
  • Innovative security processor (SPU) technology for high-performance network throughput and deep security inspection
  • Seamless integration - appliance or cloud service - with world-class sandboxing for advanced threats
  • Special security controls for web servers and applications, including cross-site scripting and SQL injection
  • Data protection controls to prevent sensitive data exfiltration

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Intrusion Prevention System Use Cases

Businesses use IPS to document threats, uncover problems with security policies, and block external or insider security violations.

Network Security

IPS safeguards networks by monitoring incoming and outgoing traffic for signs of unauthorised access, intrusion attempts, and suspicious activities. It actively blocks and mitigates potential threats, ensuring the network's integrity.

Malware Prevention

IPS systems employ various methods, such as signature-based and behavioural analysis, to detect and block malware. They can prevent malicious code from entering the network, which is crucial for protecting data and system resources.

Vulnerability Management

IPS solutions continuously scan network traffic and system data for known vulnerabilities. When a vulnerable component is identified, the IPS takes immediate action, such as blocking the exploit attempt or alerting administrators, to mitigate the risk.

Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

IPS technology helps organisations prevent data leaks and exfiltration by monitoring and controlling the movement of sensitive data. It can identify and block attempts to transfer sensitive information outside the network, reducing the risk of data breaches.

Application Security

IPS systems can protect web applications by analysing HTTP/HTTPS traffic. They identify and block malicious requests, such as SQL injection or cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, to ensure the security and availability of web services.

Compliance and Policy Enforcement

IPS solutions assist organisations in enforcing security policies and compliance with industry regulations (e.g., GDPR, HIPAA). They ensure that network traffic aligns with established security rules, reducing the risk of non-compliance and potential legal or financial repercussions.

Cyber Security Statistics

Cybercrime will cost companies worldwide an estimated $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, up from $3 trillion in 2015.


ransomware attacks were detected by organisations worldwide in 2022


Phishing remains the most common cyber attack, with approximately 3.4 billion daily spam emails.


The global average data breach cost was $4.35 million in 2022


of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves

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