Gartner Research

Applying Network-Centric Approaches for Threat Detection and Response

Published: 18 March 2019

ID: G00373460

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros , Anton Chuvakin, Anna Belak


The escalating sophistication of threats requires organizations to use multiple sources of data for threat detection and response. Network-based technologies enable technical professionals to obtain quick threat visibility across an entire environment without using agents.

Table Of Contents


  • How Are Networking Tools Used for Detection and Response?
  • Why Should You Use Network Data for Threat Detection and Response?
    • Improve Threat Detection
    • Improve Incident Response
    • Support Threat Hunting
  • How Do Network-Centric Approaches Compare With Other Threat Detection and Response Approaches?
    • The SOC Visibility Triad
  • What Tools Can Be Used for Network-Centric Threat Detection and Response?
    • Network Traffic Analysis Tools
    • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
    • SIEM and UEBA
    • Network Forensic Tools
    • Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Tools
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Select Tools According to Use Cases
  • Deploy the Tools
    • Decide on Your Initial Deployment
    • Work With the Network Team
    • Decide on the Scale Needed
  • Test and Select a Network Analysis Solution
    • Tool Selection Process Summary
  • Operate NTA and NFT Tools
    • Adapt Triage Processes to Anomaly-Based Alerts
    • Retain Data for Investigations

The Details

  • Metadata and Full Packet Capture Extraction
  • Overview of Analytics in NTA Tools

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