Gartner Research

Network Forensics Tools and Operational Practices

Published: 27 June 2013

ID: G00252603

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin, Eric Maiwald


Network forensics tools are valuable to some organizations with cutting-edge security needs, but using them to detect and identify advanced attacks is definitely challenging and requires high security operations maturity.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Introduction
    • What Are NFTs?
    • Why NFTs?
    • Who Uses NFTs?
  • NFT Use Cases
    • Security Incident Response
    • Alert Triage and Detection
    • "Hunting" or Proactive Data Exploration
  • Functions and Capabilities
    • Capabilities
    • Capabilities and Use Cases
    • Components
  • NFT Deployment
  • NFT Operations
    • Introduction to Operations
    • Staffing
    • Integrations
    • Retention
    • Getting Started
  • NFT Challenges
    • Encryption
    • Reporting
  • NFT Market
    • NFT: The Niche Market
    • Expanding Market or Niche Forever?
    • Emerging NFT Providers and Barriers to Entry
    • Operational Tools: Not Forensics
    • Adjacent Markets and Tools
    • Future Technology Trends
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Gartner Definition
  • Know Your Capabilities and Maturity
  • Know Your Environment
  • Create Policies and Procedures That Enable the Analyst While Still Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Make Sure That Analysts Have Training on the Technology Beyond That of General Security Training
  • Hire the Right People to Run the Tool
  • Work With Legal and HR to Determine the Appropriate Retention, Collection and Privacy Policies
  • Even With Open-Source NFT Components, a Lot of Work Remains for the Organization

The Details

  • Deployment
    • Client Network Ingress/Egress
    • DMZ Perimeter
    • Data Center
    • Virtualized Environments
    • Wi-Fi Networks
  • Vendor Profiles
    • RSA Security Analytics
    • Solera Networks
    • Open-Source Tool Components

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