Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems by Sourcefire and Cisco

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Informtaion and Communications Technology


Information & Comm Technology

First Advisor

Carl Shinn


Intrusion detection and prevention systems, IDP systems, Network security, Network attacks


This research first reviews the history of network security tools ultimately focusing on Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS). In this paper, products of two U.S. vendors of IDPS, Cisco and Sourcefire, are compared and their security features evaluated in order to determine whether their respective IDPS has the ability to provide a safe network environment. The author constructs a 4K&T Model, a model of five important entities of necessary information and best-practice, to explain the influences and requirements of network security. This newly created model is recommended for analyzing the issue of corporate network.

Publication Statement

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