Gartner Research

How to Monitor the Security of Public Cloud Resources

Published: 29 July 2015

ID: G00273118

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 assesses approaches and architectures for security monitoring of public cloud assets that are deployed by enterprises at cloud service providers.

Table Of Contents


  • Cloud Security Monitoring vs. Traditional IT Security Monitoring
  • Principal Approach Comparison
  • Comparison by Cloud Model
  • Comparison by Cloud Presence
  • Comparison by Monitoring Entity
  • Comparison by Monitored User Type


  • Drivers for Cloud Security Monitoring
  • Entities Subject to Security Monitoring in the Cloud
  • Mechanisms for Security Monitoring in the Cloud
  • Security Monitoring Summary by Cloud Mode
    • IaaS
    • PaaS
    • SaaS
    • 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
    • Most Monitoring on a Gateway Between Users and Cloud


The Details

  • Cloud Computing, Cloud Security and Monitoring Refresher
  • Compliance Considerations
  • Challenges and Requirements for Cloud Monitoring
  • Stack Introspection

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