T ypes of Network Monitoring
Availability monitoring is the practice of ensuring that a system or network is accessible and operational. Common techniques include ping tests, which assess network reachability, HTTP checks to verify web server availability, and service uptime monitoring to track the continuous operation of services critical to your organization. Ping tests involve sending a network packet to a target device and measuring the round-trip time, while HTTP checks assess the ability to receive HTTP responses.
Traffic monitoring is the systematic observation and analysis of data flows within a network to gain valuable insights into its performance, aiding in capacity planning, network optimization, and the identification of unusual or suspicious activities. By scrutinizing metrics such as bandwidth usage, packet counts, and application-specific data, organizations can anticipate future resource needs for effective capacity planning. In addition, suspicious patterns can be detected.
Security monitoring is the surveillance and analysis of a system's activities to identify and respond to potential threats. It plays a critical role in threat detection by actively monitoring network traffic, system logs, and user behavior to identify abnormal patterns. Security monitoring provides real-time alerts, enabling swift and effective reactions to mitigate and contain security breaches. Also it contributes to compliance by ensuring organizations adhere to regulatory requirements and security policies.
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