What is Intrusion Detection?

    Network intrusion detection systems (IDS) are used to detect if something managed to intrude a network. You can think of this type of application as a detective because it inspects incoming packets, looking for active intrusions. These intrusion detection systems use sensors that target questionable packets by forwarding them with an alert message to a server which logs them and analyzes them for trends that could become potential security threats. (Schaelicke et. al.) Intrusion detection

intrusionDetection1systems usually use port mirroring on a network switch to send a copy of network packets seen on one port to the sensor on another port. There are two tools that are used by an IDS: network based or host based. A network-based IDS is set up with several sensors placed around the network, often alongside the gateway router. These sensors then report to a central application that will detect anything that could be potentially dangerous. A host-based IDS runs on individual systems. This software monitors system file modifications as well as registry changes. IDS is a key player in securing a network because it actively stands on guard protecting the network 24 hours a day



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Intrusion Prevention by way of Penetration Testing Methodology



  Penetration Testing attempts to leverage and exploit discovered weaknesses in logical and physical environments to compromise the target. Specifically, each asset undergoes a comprehensive attack and the results are evaluated to determine a successful compromise. The assessment may also identify potentially less significant risks that, when combined, may escalate the severity of the attack and the underlying vulnerability and result in a compromise of the information systems. Successful system compromise(s) can be documented using proof of concept (PoC)demonstrations. Each PoC provides the attack scenario, specific actions taken to compromise the system, steps to re-mediate the risk, and industry standard references. For all information security assessment services, Xsbg will identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risks, provide recommendations, and assist in vulnerability remediation.  

Cost of a Penetration Test from High Bit Security

The cost of penetration testing is a fraction of the cost of a breach. An annual study performed by the Ponemon Institute using real companies who experienced a security breach, puts the cost of a breach at $194.00 per record. If a business has just 5000 sensitive records, the Ponemon Institute report puts the cost of a breach involving those records at $970,000.00. These costs consider detection, remediation, notification, fines and resolution of the breach, but do not reflect lost business. Some providers are reluctant to put their fees for penetration testing on their website. With high quality work and penetration testing prices starting at $5000, we do not hesitate to post our pricing. Here is our current penetrating testing price schedule: