Ever since intrusion detection systems were put into operation, attackers have found ways to evade discovery. So what can you expect from the wonderful tools that are designed to detect intrusions? If you are looking for metrics which can easily compared and have a connection to your typical production environment, then you are mistaken. There is no such thing as a magical box, ready to be installed to solve all your intrusion problems. Arron ‘Finux’ Finnon of Alba13 Labs held a presentation at DeepSec 2013 about this topic. He illustrated the evasion techniques used and discussed the history of IDS/IPS systems. If you follow the talk closely, you will understand why detection systems like IDS/IPS can work, but why they’re set to fail all at the same time.