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IPS: Top Layer Security
f you thought the UTM market performance, high availability structure. Where they do not have
I was crowded, take a look at the
intrusion prevention systems
(IPS) market. We bluntly asked
AT A GLANCE
Flagship product: IPS 5500
appliances, of course.
But there still is a need for
individual devices that together
all of the pieces, they reach out to
a security ecosystem to build out
additional components that they
our innovator in this product Vendor: Top Layer Security; become the security defense archi- have not developed for themselves.
space why they thought that they www.TopLayer.com tecture. For example, Top Layer The challenges today include
were innovators in such a com- Cost: $15,000 believes that content inspection, botnets, spam and the number one
moditized market. The answer Innovation: Vision that guides leakage prevention and other anti- concern: data leakage. For Top
was immediate and unambigu- them in a market often thought malware functionality belongs in a Layer, staying on top of the huge
ous: “When a product category of as dying separate device. Their core exper- number of software vulnerabilities
becomes mainstream, there are big Greatest strength: Ability to tise lies in building high perfor- still being discovered or disclosed
opportunities, but you must inno- execute successfully on mance network security devices, is an important challenge, as well.
vate to take advantage of them.” their vision and this innovator believes that “As the internet continues to
That, of course, led to
o addressing the network
addre grow, the vulnerabilities are not
the second question: components is necessary.
com likely to slow down,” Top Layer’s
“Why is IPS not dead They also believe that the
The visionary told me. “However,
given the trend toward future lies in reputation-
futu IPv6 will require new emphasis
UTMs?” The answer, based analysis.
bas on pre-ﬁltering.”
according to Top Layer r The IPS, according to
T It is this innovative thinking
experts, is that enterprise
i reputation classiﬁcation, preﬁlter-