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Best Practices for Implementing Host-Based Intrusion Prevention Systems

Published: 20 November 2006

ID: G00144668

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald


Some organizations have deployed host-based intrusion prevention systems with great success. Others have halted their projects and deinstalled the products. Follow our recommended best practices for the successful planning, evaluation and deployment of HIPS solutions.

Table Of Contents
  • HIPS Best Practices in Planning
    • Prioritize the Problem to Be Solved
    • Combine Multiple Styles of Protection
    • Match the HIPS Deployment Plan to the Organization's Computing Environment
    • Consider Buffer Overflow Protection a "Must Have"
    • Consider DPI With Vulnerability-Facing Filters a "Should Have"
    • Don't Overlook the Protection of Embedded or Older Systems
    • Consider Leveraging What the Organization's Incumbent OS, Antivirus or Personal Firewall Vendor Provides
    • Plan for Modification of IT Operations Processes
  • HIPS Best Practices in Evaluation
    • Plan and Test for Potential Application Denial of Service
    • Test Malicious-Code Removal Capabilities
    • Test for Tamper Resistance
    • Test the Mechanism for Engine Updates
    • Clarify What the Yearly Subscription Fee Provides
    • Enter Into Short-Term Contracts Only
    • Desktop Operation Experience With a Platform Should Be Weighted Accordingly
  • HIPS Best Practices in Deployment
    • Balance Security and Manageability
    • Activate Vulnerability-Facing Signatures
    • Modify IT Operation Processes for HIPS
    • Ensure HIPS Software Is Still Running and Up-to-Date
  • Longer Term
    • Leverage Convergence
    • Plan for Network-Based IPS and HIPS
    • Look for Emerging Solutions That Share Information Between Network-Based IPS and HIPS Solutions
    • Look for HIPS Solutions That Are Able to Link New Applications to Security Protection

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