What is the difference between an HIDS and a firewall?

A firewall is a device or software that filters traffic between a local (an office) and an external network (Internet). It doesn’t helps detect and prevent any attacks at different layers except the basic traffic patterns. A HIDS helps to detect and report intrusions at the host level or network level (in the case of NIDS).


In our fantasy world, the only people having access to your network and underlying hosts are the ones we know and trust completely. Providing access to a vendor and client that adds value to your enterprise will be commonplace. Sadly, the unfortunate reality is that malicious actors worldwide are continually attempting an intrusion in various ways utilising different attack vectors such as insider threats, exploitation of device and software vulnerabilities on a server.

Utilising Cyphere’s is one way to minimise costs and maximise efficiency. Our team ensures we are validating the HIPS/HIDS controls and configuration against identifying multiple threats such as :

  • Privilege escalation attempts
  • Installation of new applications or changes to the existing ones
  • Unauthorised login and access control violations
  • File and data integrity changes
  • Rogue processes

A business must guard its environment against such threats to detect and eradicate the possibilities of attempted intrusion. Risk can be either mitigated, transferred or accepted. Host IDS helps with alerts transmitted to security teams to analyse and work on the response and recovery phases.

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