Gartner Research

Effective Security Monitoring Requires Context

Published: 16 January 2012

ID: G00227893

Analyst(s): Mark Nicolett


The large number of successful and long-running data breaches is a testament to the inability of most organizations to rapidly discover targeted attacks. The addition of user, application, asset and data context to security events greatly improves the odds of successful and early breach discovery.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Targeted Attacks
  • The Importance and Limitations of Vulnerability Management
  • The Need for Better Monitoring
  • User Context
  • Asset Context
  • Vulnerability and Configuration Context
  • Data Context
  • Application Context
  • External Threat Context
  • Anomaly Detection
  • What You Need to Do

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