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symc_seanm | 13 Feb 2011

In spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, many of the enterprise security leaders with whom I speak seem to still be living in a world where the greatest threat to their enterprise was the “hacker” trying to breach their firewall.  When the MSSP industry was born in the late 90’s, this may have been the case.  The entire industry rose in part as a result of the development of intrusion detection (IDS) technologies.  The earliest IDS sensors were signature-based and focused on, as the name implies, detecting intrusions to the network.  Because many enterprises were ill-prepared to deal with the volume of alerts and high rate of false positives, Managed Security Service providers emerged to provide a means to validate and evaluate the alerts generated by these sensors.  Over time, the IDS industry matured to incorporate technologies such as protocol anomaly...