Gartner Research

Best Practices for Detecting and Mitigating Advanced Threats, 2016 Update

Published: 29 March 2016

ID: G00296530

Analyst(s): Lawrence Pingree , Neil MacDonald , Peter Firstbrook


Information security, network and communications practitioners must implement specific best practices to prevent, detect and mitigate advanced threats. These practitioners should leverage both existing and emerging security technologies in their security architectures.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Best Practice: Implement Security Strategies
    • Keep Up to Date With the Threat Landscape, and Proactively Anticipate Attacks
    • Proactively Thwart Social Engineering Techniques Through Education
    • Apply Best Practices to All Technical Control Layers
  • Best Practice: Upgrade Your Perimeter and Network-Based Security Defenses
    • Remote Access Connections
    • Firewalls and Unified Threat Management
    • Intrusion Prevention and Denial-of-Service Defense
    • Web Application Security and Defense
    • Network and Cloud-Based Sandboxes
    • SaaS and Public/Private Clouds
  • Best Practice: Focus Your Infrastructure Protection Strategy Toward Malicious Content and Content Inspection
    • Email Content Security
    • Web Content Security
  • Best Practice: Uplift the Prevention and Detection Stance of Your Endpoints
    • Lean-Forward Programs
    • Sample Providers
    • Move to Automated Monitoring, Correlation and Analysis
    • Improve Your IR Capabilities, and Consider Automation and Mitigation Responses on the Endpoint
  • Best Practice: Leverage Threat Deception Technologies (for Lean-Forward Programs)
    • Sample Providers

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