What's the best way for me to test or check if my Intrusion Prevention system is working?
Also known as Prevention and Intrusion detection systems, the Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) are used in monitoring activities which are malicious in nature and which are also related to the network. Expected functions for IPS include prevention and identification of malicious activities and stop them from progressing further.
There are different methods to see if IPS is in active state or not. This is as provided below:
Intrusion Prevention Systems [IPS] are also known in another term as Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems [IDPS]. These are kinds of network security hardware that checks network activities as well as system activities for any sign of malicious activity. Its main purpose is to detect any malicious activity then create a log information about it. After that it will try to stop or block the activity from progressing and then notify the administrator or the user about the detected activity.
IPS are considered as extensions of IDPS because they both check system activities and network traffic for any malicious activity. The only difference is that IPS can dynamically block and prevent the detected intrusion and can execute actions like dropping the malicious packets, sending an alarm, blocking the traffic from the offending IP address, and resetting the connection. It can also fix errors in the Cyclic Redundancy Check [CRC].
Intrusion Prevention Systems are classified into 4 types: