Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Threat-Facing Technologies, 2018

Published: 13 July 2018

ID: G00338539

Analyst(s): Pete Shoard


Threat-facing technologies aim to prevent and protect IT systems and applications from attack, enabling fast and effective response. Technologies included meet the security needs of end users who utilize cloud and enterprise infrastructure that is threatened by the evolving threat landscape.

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
    • Managed Detection and Response
    • Browser Isolation
    • Deception Platforms
    • Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR)
  • At the Peak
    • Firewall as a Service
    • Data Classification
    • File Analysis
    • Hardware-Based Security
    • Format-Preserving Encryption
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Network Traffic Analysis
    • Threat Intelligence Platforms
    • TLS Decryption Platform
    • Network Security Policy Management
    • User and Entity Behavior Analytics
    • Endpoint Detection and Response
    • Operational Technology Security
    • Enterprise Key Management
    • Secure Web Gateways
    • Software-Defined Security
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Enterprise Firewalls (Next-Generation Firewalls)
    • Microsegmentation (Software-Defined Segmentation)
    • Network Sandboxing
    • DDoS Defense
    • Network Access Control
    • SIEM
    • Web Application Firewalls
    • IDPS
    • Database Audit and Protection
    • Self-Encrypting Mass Storage Drives
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Database Encryption
    • Endpoint Protection Platforms
    • Network Penetration Testing Tools
    • UTM
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Application Control
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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