Assessing IPS/IDS, Firewall, and other Defenses with Penetration Testing

firewalls-idsIntrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) are only as robust as you configure them to be for your perimeter security needs. Where they reside on your network, how they interact with your firewall defenses, and can they improve Penetration (Pen) Testing services is key to having a strong defensive perimeter for your organization. IDS network security and IPS security along with Firewall leveraging can help provide this.


Intrusion Detection can be a platform that comes with an application, host-based (HIDS), hardware appliance, or a series of alert servers. They make sure to bring to your attention and escalate malicious, suspicious, or abnormal behavior reporting to process countermeasures and support personnel. How you design and configure these solutions to work optimally with your other computer defenses is very important. This type of functionality can be configured to be passive or active. Passive is delayed audit log polling, reporting back findings to support or to an IPS system on a scheduled basis. Active is real-time response, immediate countermeasures, and notifications.

Our many years of experience in IDS topology designs can make sure your workflows are fortified to react in the quickest and most efficient way possible for this first line of defense.

Information overload can occur if you install these types of solutions with default settings in place. Capture throttling is very important so you can zero in on the target detection objectives that are most needed to protect your infrastructure. We have the knowledge to help you filter the most effective way to balance your detection needs while also providing validation testing to shore up your existing IDS platforms.


Intrusion Prevention can stop, block, or mitigate at the packet level, just like a firewall, before a breach occurs depending on how the settings are configured to work. Because IPS and Firewalls can serve the same purpose on different levels, the importance of where you place them on your network topology is as equally important, so optimal value is obtained, without redundant functional concerns. Using a combination of firewall penetration testing and IPS validations can help provide this.

CyberSec provides the strategies that best fit your organization’s data portal protection points. We assess and evaluate your IDS, IPS, and Firewall configurations while molding a fully mapped preventive shield through risk assessments using permutation evaluations, and reporting back our findings to your support team.

Audit Log Management

When a discovered suspicious activity occurs, an event entry is entered into your audit log control lists on your security platform. The problem is, in order to capture the filtered malicious event your system is seeking; you have to monitor and potentially capture all the traffic throughput generated on your infrastructure. Why is this a problem? Let us say you wanted to send to your printer a 3 to 5 seconds network sniffed packet activity burst to your printer.

The packet information from a 4 second packet capture can fill up to 500 pages (an entire “ream” block of paper) to print all that activity out. Now imagine trying to grab even small amounts of data flows like this over a 24 hour period, or archive it for later inspection from up to one to two weeks. Without selective filter throttling for getting only qualified threat-activities identified only, log management would be too much for any organization to utilize in an effective manner.

We have the process management industry-proven solution models that can help give your business a strong, value-adding frameworks that optimize all your audit management needs.

Why hire Prevention Assessment Experts?

Infrastructure architecture using prevention platforms require both regularly scheduled performance assessments and change topology modeling at least once every two to three years.

Most industry standard institutes recommend even more frequent assessments with having a firewall penetration test, monthly or yearly. It’s advised every several years to move your current devices around. If they are always static, on-going cybercriminals learn how they always sit on your perimeter, and eventually hack them after long periods in scanning for weaknesses.

CyberSec uses real-world experience in Black to White Hat methodologies that implements best-in-breed risk assessments so your business can have the day-to-day confidence it needs knowing they have the strongest perimeter, possible.