Gartner Research

Technology Insight for Microsegmentation

Published: 15 March 2017

ID: G00321486

Analyst(s): Greg Young


Security and risk management leaders are faced with what appears to be an infinitely complex array of technology and architectural choices. Gartner has identified four distinct models of microsegmentation to choose from and the evaluation factors to assist in making that decision.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • Native Cloud Controls Model
    • Third-Party Firewall Model
    • Hybrid Model
    • Overlay Model
  • Benefits and Uses
  • Risks
  • Microsegmentation Alternatives
  • Recommendations

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