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What’s the difference between Intrusion Prevention Systems and(IPS) and Web Application Firewall?

I was asked a few times what is the difference between HIPS, NIPS, IPS, Application Firewall.  I did research a bit about this and started to write something. But, then I found this great article (see below at the resources) which describes everything perfect. Also read my own conclusions at the end of the article.   Introduction We are all somewhat familiar with Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPSs). But what is all this talk of Web Application Firewalls (WAFs)? What is a Web Application Firewall and how does it differ from an IPS? First, let’s take a quick look at Intrusion…


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