Gartner Research

Five Styles of Advanced Threat Defense

Published: 20 August 2013

ID: G00253559

Analyst(s): Jeremy D'Hoinne , Lawrence Orans


The threat of advanced targeted attacks, also known as advanced persistent threats, or APTs, has spawned a wave of innovation in the security market. We provide security managers with a framework to select and deploy the most-effective threat defense technologies.

Table Of Contents


  • Where to Look
  • Time Horizon
  • Style 1 — Network Traffic Analysis
    • Strengths
    • Challenges
  • Style 2 — Network Forensics
    • Strengths
    • Challenges
  • Style 3 — Payload Analysis
    • Strengths
    • Challenges
  • Style 4 — Endpoint Behavior Analysis
    • Strengths
    • Challenges
  • Style 5 — Endpoint Forensics
    • Strengths
    • Challenges
  • Using the Framework
    • Payload Analysis (Style 3) and Endpoint Forensics (Style 5)
    • Payload Analysis (Style 3) and Network Forensics (Style 2)
    • Network Traffic Analysis (Style 1) and Network Forensics (Style 2)

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