Data Center Intrusion Prevention System (DCIPS)



TCO per Protected Mbps Ranged
between US$3 to US$9

5 out of 5 Verified Products
Achieved a Recommended Rating
for both IPv4 & IPv6

The Security Effectiveness of
Verified Products Ranged
Between 89% and 98.7%

Data Center Intrusion Prevention System (DCIPS)

What is Data Center Intrusion Prevention System (DCIPS)?

While perimeter devices are expected to protect end users and a wide range of end-user applications, data center network security devices are deployed to protect servers and applications hosted in the data center. Data center intrusion prevention systems (DCIPS) are deployed at critical points in the network so their stability and reliability is imperative. The goal of a DCIPS is to identify and block sophisticated threats against web servers, application servers, and database servers without false positives or degradation of network performance.

What We Tested

NSS Labs' Data Center Intrusion Prevention System (DCIPS) Group Test evaluates market-leading DCIPS products on security effectiveness, performance, stability and reliability, and total cost of ownership (TCO). The DCIPS Group Test provides individual and comparative test reports that enable enterprises to make informed decisions to evolve and rationalize their cyber risk programs.

What You Get
DCIPS Product Test Reports

Security Comparative Report

The Security Comparative Report provides high-level analysis of the security effectiveness of different DCIPS products in the market. The report provides comparisons of blocking capabilities and resistance to common evasion techniques.

Using this report, enterprise security teams can compare security effectiveness and resistance to evasion techniques across different DCIPS products.

Example Report

Performance Comparative Report

The Performance Comparative Report provides analysis of various performance metrics for tested DCIPS products. The report contains comparisons of UDP throughput and latency, maximum capacity, HTTP capacity and HTTP capacity with persistent connections using real-word traffic mixes.

Using the Performance Comparative Report, enterprise networking teams can compare performance across DCIPS products and select those that will support their volume and type of network traffic.

Example Report

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Comparative Report

The TCO Comparative Report provides a comparison of the costs associated with product purchase, installation, maintenance, and support, as well as threat-associated costs.

Using the TCO Comparative Report, the enterprise C-Suite and management can understand the true TCO of a product over a three-year period, incorporating product purchase cost, product operational cost, and the overall capability score of a product.

Security Value MapTM (SVM) Comparative Report

Empirical data from individual Test Reports and Comparative Reports is used to create NSS Labs' unique Security Value Map (SVM). The SVM illustrates the relative value of security investments by mapping the Security Effectiveness and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per Mbps of tested product configurations.

The SVM Comparative Report provides an aggregated view of the detailed findings from the NSS Labs group tests. Using this report, enterprise security decision makers can see the relative value of security investments.

Example Report

Individual Test Reports

Test Reports provide detailed analysis for each product tested. Data from these reports is used in the NSS Labs Comparative Reports.

Test Reports enable enterprise security teams to understand the impact of features and limitations across different products. These reports are used to shortlist products for further evaluation and proof-of concept testing.