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Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

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The Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is a dedicated security appliance located at the boundary between the Cambridge University Data Network (CUDN) and Janet. It is managed and monitored by dedicated staff within University Information Services (UIS).

Features and Benefits

Features & Benefits 

The IPS inspects all data that crosses this network boundary, applying a variety of detection methods to identify security threats or incidents. When a security threat is identified, the IPS will either automatically block the malicious network traffic or create an alert, depending on the incident and configuration. Examples of security threats include SQL injection attacks on a website, malware communications or a botnet scanning for vulnerabilities.

On a day-to-day basis, the IPS operates without requiring any action or work from University institutions. It undertakes its functions transparently in the background.

However, when a security threat is identified by the IPS that requires additional investigative work, analysis or remediation from an institution, UIS's CSIRT team will contact the institution with advice and information on what is required.

How Much Does It Cost?

How much does it cost? 

There is no charge for this service.

How Do I Get This Service?

How do I get this service? 

By default, the IPS applies inspection and automatic blocking to all network traffic between the CUDN and Janet. An institution may apply for an exemption to the IPS for specific IP addresses where a legitimate business case can be demonstrated.

How Quickly Can I Get This Service?

How quickly can I get this service? 

By default, the IPS applies inspection and automatic blocking to all network traffic between the CUDN and Janet. An institution may apply for an exemption to the IPS for specific IP addresses where a legitimate business case can be demonstrated.

Support Details & Contact Information

Support Details & Contact Information 

Available Service Hours

When is this service available? 

The service runs in the background 24/7

Supported Service Hours

Supported Service Hours 

This service is supported during normal UIS working hours, 9.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday. Outside these hours, the service operates unattended.

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