Gartner Research

Security Monitoring of Public Cloud Assets

Published: 17 April 2012

ID: G00234405

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Cloud computing is changing the way enterprises use IT. Security requirements and security monitoring, in particular, often lag behind. This research looks at approaches and architectures for security monitoring of public cloud assets, deployed by enterprises at cloud services providers.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Gartner Definitions
    • Cloud Computing, Cloud Security and Monitoring Refresher
  • Scope
  • Drivers for Cloud Security Monitoring
  • Cloud Threats and Security Issues to Monitor
    • Threat Considerations
    • Compliance Considerations
  • Various Cloud Models vs. Traditional Environments
    • Challenges and Requirements for Cloud Monitoring
  • Entities Subject to Security Monitoring in the Cloud
  • Mechanisms for Security Monitoring in the Cloud
    • Summary by Cloud Mode
    • Hybrid Models
  • Cloud Monitoring Architecture Choices
    • Broad Monitoring Architecture Choices
    • Most Monitoring On-Premises
    • Most Monitoring on Monitored IaaS
    • Most Monitoring via SaaS or Other Third Party


  • Principal Approach Comparison
  • Comparison by Cloud Model
  • Comparison by Cloud Presence
  • Comparison by Monitoring Entity

The Details

  • Stack Introspection


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