Gartner Research

How to Hunt for Security Threats

Published: 06 April 2017

ID: G00327290

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Technical professionals focused on security are starting to explore the mysterious practice of "threat hunting" to improve their security monitoring and operations. This requires uniquely skilled personnel and wide-ranging data collection across the IT environment.

Table Of Contents
  • Threat Hunting Defined
    • Key Characteristics of Threat Hunting
  • Determine the Value of Threat Hunting for Your Organization
  • Build a Business Case for Threat Hunting
  • Consider the Types of Organizations That Succeed at Threat Hunting
  • Prepare Resources and Prerequisites for Effective Threat Hunting
    • Tools
    • Information and Data
    • People
  • Starting Threat Hunting at Your Organization
    • Starting With a Long Hunt Approach
    • Starting With an Ad Hoc Hunting Approach
    • Starting With a Service Provider Approach
  • Categories of Malicious Activities to Look For
  • Additional Usable Threat-Hunting Examples
  • Build Threat-Hunting Processes and Workflows
    • Security Hunting Process
    • Hunting and Other Security Processes
  • Beware of Threat-Hunting Pitfalls and Cautions


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