Gartner Research

Security Monitoring and Threat Detection in Public Cloud Environments

Published: 12 July 2017

ID: G00322809

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros , Anton Chuvakin

Summary

Security monitoring and cloud-focused threat detection often lag other cloud security controls. This research shows technical professionals focused on security how to review approaches and architectures for monitoring of public cloud assets and detection of cloud-relevant threats.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Scope of Research
  • Differences Between Cloud and Traditional Security Monitoring
  • Drivers for Cloud Security Monitoring
    • Cloud Threats: Old Threats Plus New Threats
    • Ultimate Responsibility for Cloud Security: Always With Cloud Customer
  • Current and Evolving State of Cloud Threat Detection
  • Mechanisms for Security Monitoring in the Cloud
  • Security Monitoring Approach Comparison
  • Details on Cloud-Monitoring Architecture Choices
    • Broad Monitoring Architecture Choices
    • Most Monitoring Uses CSP Controls
    • Most Monitoring On-Premises
    • Most Monitoring on Monitored IaaS
    • Most Monitoring via SaaS or Other Third Parties
    • Popular Auxiliary Mechanism: An Intermediary or Gateway
  • Security Monitoring Advice for Each Cloud Model
    • IaaS
    • PaaS
    • SaaS
    • Hybrid Models
  • Cloud Security Incident Response (IR)
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

The Details

  • Enterprise and CSP Security Monitoring Lens
  • Challenges and Requirements for Cloud Monitoring
  • Entities Subject to Security Monitoring in the Cloud
  • Cloud Events to Monitor
    • IaaS Events to Monitor
    • PaaS Events to Monitor
    • SaaS Events to Monitor

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