July 12, 2021

Why Next Generation IDS Solutions Are Flawed, Right from the Start

Next generation intrusion detection systems (IDS) are now integrating detection, investigation and response capabilities. It’s a step in the right direction, but still present a sizable and insurmountable gap in effective attack detection.

Like the concept of next-generation firewalls, the security industry is now in the process of rolling out next-generation intrusion detection systems (IDS). 

We believe it’s the right  right step to keep up  with changes in the market. We’ve written about this before, especially related to challenges related to traditional threat detection and response tools, but the fact remains that traditional IDS solutionsused signature-based intrusion alerts that were extremely reactive in nature and could only respond once a cyber-attack occurred. 

In other words, IDS systems simply couldn’t protect networks against zero day attacks, sophisticated malware and ransomware attacks, or any other threats that have not been labeled or categorized. 

There are many examples of high-profile data breaches that occurred despite the fact that the company that was attacked had IDS tools and cybersecurity teams in place. For example, the recent Colonial Pipeline, SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange attacks are perfect examples of this, and additionally, the famous Target breach happened when hackers broke into the company’s network using stolen login credentials. As good as IDS solutions may be, they simply aren’t designed to stop these types of cyber attacks.

Built on advanced technology

Now, new IDS systems are evolving to take advantage of innovative new technologies to overcome these limitations. For example, machine learning and artificial intelligence can now be used to overcome the limitations of traditional IDS tools—the focus on behavioral, anomaly, and rules-based pattern detections. 

It’s an important advantage because these new technologies now enable next generation IDS solutions to detect both known and unknown attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures. 

The appeal of next-generation IDS solutionsis that they should be better equipped to handle common network attack types such as malware, malicious websites, phishing attacks, and more. The premise is that, unlike a traditional IDS, these new systems can use machine learning, AI, and advanced analytics to identify attacks that normally evade anomaly- or signature-based cybersecurity tools. 

Yet while next-generation intrusion detection systems look like they will definitely reduce the number of false positives and provide faster, more complete cyber intelligence, many think these cybersecurity solutions won’t be enough to overcome advanced threats and attacks.

A single solution is all you need

At ARIA Cybersecurity Solutions, we understand this ongoing struggle--how to keep up with new and emerging threats, including zero-day attacks that have no signature--which is why we developed the ARIA ADR solution.

ARIA ADR is a fully automated, AI-SOC that uses behavior-based machine learning threat models to detect, contain, and stop all types of threats as they move through your network.

Even better, ARIA ADR delivers the capabilities of seven different security tools: SIEMs, UEBAs, NTAs, EDRs, threat intelligence platforms, SOARs, and even IDS/next-generation IDS tools. With over 70 patented threat behavioral models built in, it covers all types of modern threats and attacks. 

Also, since it does not rely on signatures or SIEM-based static rule detection methods, ARIA ADR can detect never-before-seen threats like zero-day attacks and fileless ransomware. ARIA ADR also learns and finds anomalous threat or attack behavior using machine learning to distinguish abnormal from normal device, application, and/or user behaviors. 

Proven results

With ARIA ADR, organizations can stop 99% of the most harmful network-borne threats including ransomware, malware, DDoS, intrusions, brute force attacks, insider threats, compromised credentials, policy violations and data exfiltrations.

ARIA ADR automatically stops the hackers and attackers by detecting any abnormal communications from within the network’s network and movements. It can stop those communications and lateral movements so attackers can’t hide, and the attackers’ obfuscation techniques don’t work. Nothing gets lost in the noise. 

How does it do this?  ARIA ADR provides complete visibility into the network, generating enhanced analytics for every packet traversing  the network, even lateral traffic to detect threats in real time, before harm is done.

Say goodbye to the effort related to managing and correlating information from disparate tools.  Unlike other threat detection solutions, it delivers the benefits of a single pane of glass solution, with insightful dashboards and actionable information. It can be operated remotely, from anywhere, and because it’s fully automated, it does not rely upon or require a highly-trained analyst and operates around the clock for complete coverage. 

While the IDS and next-generation IDS solutionswill always play an important role in your security stack, we believe it’s time to rethink cybersecurity. Instead of reacting to threats and playing defense, go on the offensive with a single solution that truly does it all. 

If you’re interested in learning more about ARIA ADR, and how it can present a new approach to cybersecurity, please review our ARIA ADR Advantages solutions guide today.

About ARIA Cybersecurity Solutions

ARIA Cybersecurity Solutions recognizes that better, stronger, more effective cybersecurity starts with a smarter approach. Our solutions provide new ways to monitor all internal network traffic, while capturing and feeding the right data to existing security tools to improve threat detection and surgically disrupt intrusions. Customers in a range of industries rely on our solutions each and every day to accelerate incident response, automate breach detection, and protect their most critical assets and applications. With a proven track record supporting the Department of Defense and many intelligence agencies in their war on terror, and an award-winning portfolio of security solutions, ARIA Cybersecurity Solutions is committed to leading the way in cybersecurity success.

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