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Is Cisco stepping up to the plate for IDS signature updates?

Is it my imagination or is Cisco rolling out signature updates a bit more often over the last couple of months, especially when a new Micro$oft exploit is found?? If this is the case, and I hope it is, then Cisco stands to add real value to thier IDS line. I am not saying that Cisco should enter the Anti-Virus game by way of their IDS line (hmmmm...an interesting thought) but if they are indeed getting out quick signatures whenever a new exploit is found then I for one say " Fan-friggin'-tastic". I love the thought of being able to catch the new exploits at the gateway ASAP. Not that one should ignore patching but any self-respecting admin is going to test a patch first before it gets put into production and that simply takes time. If the AV vendors get cracking on new signatures right away why shouldn't Cisco? Not as a replacement for AV but giving the end-user multiple levels of protection. Just my 2 cents. Anyone else with any input on this?

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Re: Is Cisco stepping up to the plate for IDS signature updates?

Although as a general rule I agree with you (the more frequent the sig updates the better),

given our experience with applying updates to the

Cisco IDS environment, it's a mixed blessing. Also, if you're using a SIM tool, it may be better to wait until the SIM also has the signature (which in the case of the one we use can be months).

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