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Network traffic monitoring is the process of reviewing, analyzing and managing network traffic for any abnormality or process that can affect network performance, availability and/or security.
It is a network management process that uses various tools and techniques to study computer network-based communication/data/packet traffic.
The key objective behind network traffic monitoring is to ensure availability and smooth operations on a computer network. Network monitoring incorporates network sniffing and packet capturing techniques in monitoring a network. Network traffic monitoring generally requires reviewing each incoming and outgoing packet.
Some of the technologies that incorporate network traffic monitoring include: