An intrusion detection system (IDS) monitors network devices in order to grant security administrators the ability to identify attacks in progress and take appropriate action to protect a network. In order for users on a network to access a web server on the internet, the firewall must allow traffic through port 80. However, this open port is often used as an attack vector for hackers and malware to gain access to your network. An IDS examines this traffic and compares it with known exploits; similar to how antivirus software uses known virus signatures to identify threats. When the intrusion system detects a match to a known exploit, it sends an alert to the security or web server administrator so they can take action. Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) are very similar to IDSs, but as opposed to just sending an alert, these systems go one step further and automatically take action to prevent an intrusion.
Most organizations have a budget process that must be followed to allocate funds. In some cases, these project funds are allocated on a yearly cycle. Therefore, when planning a WiFi project, it is important to understand all aspects and stages of the project in order to determine an appropriate budget. While every project will ultimately have different requirements, all WiFi projects have the same four cost elements - labor, materials, other direct costs (ODC), and travel, which can be broken down as follows:
WiFi as a Service (WaaS), or managed WiFi, can be priced many different ways. Before getting into pricing models, it helps to review the cost elements of any project. All WiFi projects have four cost elements: labor, materials, other direct costs (ODC), and travel.
When I first started in networking back in the late 1990s we called outsourced management of customer owned or leased equipment a managed network service (MNS). The scope of these MNS projects could range from just remote management and monitoring of routers to full turnkey design, installation, and management of all IT assets (routers, switches, servers, firewalls, etc.).