Network Traffic Monitoring

What Does Network Traffic Monitoring Mean?

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.

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It is a network management process that uses various tools and techniques to study computer network-based communication/data/packet traffic.

Techopedia Explains Network Traffic Monitoring

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:

  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion detection and prevention systems
  • Network monitoring, managing and performance software
  • Anti-virus/Anti-malware software
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