Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Protection, 2016

Published: 06 July 2016

ID: G00291007

Analyst(s): Greg Young


Infrastructure protection is the family of threat-facing technologies that help defend IT. Driven by persistent threat and technology changes, most of the evolution of the technologies on this Hype Cycle are concerned with virtualized environments and advanced threats.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Firewall as a Service
    • File Analysis
  • At the Peak
    • Format Preserving Encryption
    • Network Traffic Analysis
    • Microsegmentation (Software-Defined Segmentation)
    • Software-Defined Security
    • Threat Intelligence Platforms
    • Network Security Policy Management
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Security in the Switch
    • Operational Technology Security
    • Enterprise Key Management
    • Network Sandboxing
    • High-Assurance Hypervisors
    • Secure Web Gateways
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Database Audit and Protection
    • Network Access Control
    • Interoperable Storage Encryption
    • Next-Generation IPS
    • DDoS Defense
    • Network Penetration Testing Tools
    • Database Encryption
    • Web Application Firewalls
    • Application Control
  • Entering the Plateau
    • UTM
    • Next-Generation Firewalls
    • SIEM
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Mobile Data Protection for Workstations
    • Network IPS
    • Stateful Firewalls
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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