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Following a recent top-down appliance refresh, the new cloud-native version of TippingPoint for AWS offers inline internet inbound and VPC-to-VPC network traffic monitoring without the complex configuration workarounds offered by its competitors. There’s still work to do, but TippingPoint’s best days may yet lie ahead.

Cloud network security powered by TippingPoint

When Trend Micro acquired intrusion prevention system (IPS) appliance maker TippingPoint from HPE for $300m in 2016, it was perceived as a curious move. Trend Micro wasn’t known for network security, and after HP had purchased TippingPoint as part of its 3Com acquisition for a whopping $2.7bn just six years earlier, with little to show for it, it seemed TippingPoint’s best days were in the past.

Three years later, Trend Micro has turned TippingPoint around. After investing millions to revamp the business, including a new seven-figure production facility in Texas, its contemporary TX-Series appliances offer fast inspection throughput, table-stakes features such as URL filtering and packet decryption, and integration with other Trend Micro solutions including its Deep Discovery sandbox. Customers voted with their wallets and 2018 was TippingPoint’s best year in its 15-year history.

Now, at last, TippingPoint is making the leap into the cloud. With the announcement of Cloud Network Protection powered by TippingPoint, Trend Micro has delivered a cloud-native version for Amazon Web Services. The new solution for AWS delivers the same transparent, inline network security, including its exclusive zero-day patches, using the same management system as it does on premises. The new solution relies on the AWS Transit Gateway for simpler routing to on-premises networks VPC-to-VPC interconnections for transparent “bump in the wire” monitoring, and optional AWS FPGA-powered EC2 F1 compute instances offer accelerated inspection and the full slate of DV threat signatures. It also highlights the simplicity of its solution, which negates complex load balancers, sophisticated configuration, or cloud networking workarounds employed by IPS and NGFW competitors.

Cloud Network Protection powered by TippingPoint enables Trend Micro’s devoted base of Fortune 1000 customers with AWS to deploy a cloud-native version of the same IPS technology they know and trust to secure their transitions to the cloud.

TippingPoint still has work to do. Roadmap items include consumption-based licensing, support for Azure and other cloud platforms, and integration with Trend Micro’s Deep Security cloud workload protection solution. The latter is particularly important for providing customers with a comprehensive top-to-bottom cloud security solution set.

Yet with the overall decline of the pure-play IPS appliance segment in recent years, few would have predicted TippingPoint’s resurgence. Not only is it an impressive comeback, but also its best days could lie ahead.


Further reading

“Trend Micro ups network security clout with TippingPoint buy,” IT0022-000549 (December 2015)

“Trend Micro is placing early bets to advance cloud security and connected defense,” INT005-000012 (June 2019)


Eric Parizo, Senior Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

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