Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Network Security, 2020

Published: 30 June 2020

ID: G00441653

Analyst(s): Pete Shoard


Network security technologies protect IT systems, platforms and applications from attacks through prevention and immediate automatic response. Security and risk management leaders should employ these technologies where infrastructure may be at risk of compromise by external and internal threats.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • At the Peak
    • Firewall as a Service
    • Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Content Disarm and Reconstruction
    • Format-Preserving Encryption
    • IoT Security
    • Browser Isolation
    • Network Security Policy Management
    • TLS Decryption Platform
    • Zero Trust Network Access
    • Hardware-Based Security
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Enterprise Key Management
    • Identity-Based Segmentation (Microsegmentation)
    • SD-WAN
    • Secure Web Gateways
    • Network Firewalls
    • DDoS Defense
    • Network Access Control
    • Secure Enterprise Data Communications
    • Web Application Firewalls
  • Entering the Plateau
    • IPS
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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