Gartner Research

Host-Based Intrusion Prevention: Myths and Realities

Published: 27 November 2006

ID: G00144334

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald


There are many misconceptions surrounding host-based intrusion prevention system solutions -- mostly rooted in the fact that a single term, HIPS, is used to describe solutions that deliver vastly different styles of protection. Understand the capabilities and limits of HIPS solutions before you buy.

Table Of Contents
  • Myth: All HIPS Solutions Prevent Intrusions and Remove the Malicious Software
  • Myth: HIPS Solutions Require Too Much Administrative Overhead to Install and Maintain
  • Myth: HIPS Solutions Create Too Many False Positives to be Considered on Production Systems
  • Myth: HIPS Solutions Incur Too Much of a Performance Hit or Are Too Unstable for Production Systems
  • Myth: All HIPS Will Provide Proactive Protection (Shielding) From Attacks on Known Vulnerabilities
  • Myth: All HIPS Products Will Provide Zero-Day Protection From Attacks on Previously Unknown Vulnerabilities
  • Myth: HIPS Solutions are Only Suitable for Servers
  • Myth: I Will Have to Purchase and Install an Additional HIPS Agent(s) on All My Machines
  • Myth: I Have Network-Based IPS so I Don’t Need Host-Based IPS

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