Hidden Management and Administration Costs Coupled with Lower than Stated Performance Can Disguise the True Value of IPS Products
AUSTIN, Texas – NSS Labs today released the final results and analysis from its 2012 Group Test for IPS, which evaluated 10 leading IPS vendors and 15 products. While testing shows that IPS is a competitive market with several vendors obtaining high marks for security effectiveness, it is apparent from this latest report that enterprise customers could end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars more than they need to in larger deployments.
Once Security Effectiveness and Performance are Factored In, the Actual Value of an IPS Can Change Dramatically
In order to capture the relative value of devices and facilitate comparisons, NSS Labs has developed unique metrics that enable enterprises to perform value-based comparisons and negotiate more favorable pricing.
Management Console Licensing & Architectural Structure Lead to Huge Cost Differences
Management considerations should not be overlooked when making an IPS purchase as architecture and licensing structures can vary greatly by vendor, creating significant cost differences even for the same size deployment.
Vendors also vary greatly in licensing structures and the number of devices managed per license package. Therefore, understanding the number of devices needed and how a vendor’s management architecture works is critical for customers.
Commentary: NSS Labs Chief Research Officer Bob Walder
“While our 2012 Security Value Map shows that IPS is definitely a mature market, a deeper dive into the Comparative Analysis Reports™ shows that the market is not as commoditized as it might seem,” said Bob Walder, Chief Research Officer at NSS Labs. “There is still significant differentiation - no two products deliver the same security effectiveness or throughput, and with management consoles there are some real pitfalls and traps of which companies need to beware in order to create an effective management infrastructure. Understanding and navigating the hidden costs and trade-offs relative to each IPS has become far more important than comparing speed versus protection in years past and creates more homework for the customer.”
The 2012 IPS Security Value Map™, Comparative Analysis Reports™, and Product Analysis Reports™ for each vendor are currently available to NSS Labs’ subscribers at www.nsslabs.com.
The products covered in the 2012 SVM for IPS are:
NSS Labs did not receive any compensation in return for vendor participation; All testing and research was conducted free of charge.
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SOURCE: NSS Labs