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Hype Cycle for Threat-Facing Technologies, 2017

Published: 17 July 2017

ID: G00313843

Analyst(s): Greg Young


Threat-facing technologies protect IT infrastructure, including networks, hosts and things. Driven by persistent threats and technology changes, most of the evolution of the technologies on this Hype Cycle is concerned with the cloud, analytics and advanced threats.

Table Of Contents


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

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