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Network-based IDSs are designed to sit on your network, monitor traffic and send alarms whenever suspicious behavior occurs. Sounds like a fairly simple marching order, but our monthlong test of eight of these products show that setting up IDSs requires a substantial time investment to ensure they'll flag only suspicious traffic and leave everything else alone.

Crying wolf: False alarms hide attacks
Eight IDSs fail to impress during the monthlong test on a production network.

IDS glossary
If IDS terminology is alphabet soup to you, our glossary of IDS-specific tags will help in the translation.

Deployment tips
If you're considering installing an IDS product on our network, read our IDS deployment tips to help reduce the number of false positives - attacks that don't really exist - reported by your IDS.

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From RFC 2068 Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1:

10.4.5 404 Not Found

The server has not found anything matching the Request-URI. No indication is given of whether the condition is temporary or permanent.

If the server does not wish to make this information available to the client, the status code 403 (Forbidden) can be used instead. The 410 (Gone) status code SHOULD be used if the server knows, through some internally configurable mechanism, that an old resource is permanently unavailable and has no forwarding address.

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