Gartner Research

Use Proofs of Concept to Guarantee Successful Network Security Purchases

Published: 24 February 2015

ID: G00271290

Analyst(s): Greg Young, Claudio Neiva


The threat landscape is large and daunting, and requires careful examination when adding new or advanced technologies. CISOs and security leaders should use methods and techniques to plan, conduct, and conclude successful POCs, including exit strategies to balance costs with proportional risks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Structure a Formal Testing Process to Gain a Hands-On Understanding of a Network Security Product and Its Caveats, Gaps, Weaknesses and Acceptable Compromises in Your Environment
  • Ensure That Security Analysts, Network Engineers and Project Managers Involved in the Initial Process Are Available and Committed for the Duration of Each POC
  • Develop a Structured Test Plan Before Beginning the POC in Order to Minimize Bias Toward "Favorite" Vendors or "Hot" Technologies
  • Document the Implementation and Testing Processes for Each POC

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