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I agree with all of you that it is not very clear how core protections are used. We have to remember that there are only 39 core protections vs over 11K Threat Cloud protections. In my opinion core protections are becoming obsolete as they are meant to protect your servers (to fully benefit of them you should define web, mail and DNS server objects in SmartConsole, but haven't seen any customer do that). Some protections can always cause performance issues, but I haven't heard anything that assigning core protections to certain profile would cause issues. If someone else knows better, please advice as I would be happy to understand it. 🙂

For under the hood description take a look at the IPS ATRG.

Here is a summary of different protections:

Core protections

  • Settings per gateway
  • Can be assigned to dedicated servers
  • Enforced with Protocol Parser
  • Installed with access control policy.
  • Assigned in dedicated profile (ok, I understand that it looks like we are using the same profiles actually. That was new to me...).
  • Installed with Access Control Policy

ThreatCloud protections

  • Dynamic signatures updated from the ThreatCloud using the IPS Update process.
  • Enforced with Pattern Matcher
  • Managed as an element of the Threat Prevention profile
  • Installed with the Threat Prevention policy
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