Top 10 Continuous Security Monitoring (CSM) Tools for 2024

Data breach attacks have led to billions of sensitive data records being leaked, stressing the importance of continuous cyber security monitoring tools.

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By Shlomi Kushchi
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Updated June 18, 2024.

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Data breach attacks are as explosive as it gets. In 2020, Microsoft suffered a massive leak involving more than 250 million customer support data. While 250 million certainly sounds like a lot, Keepnet Labs makes the record for over 5 billion records exposed. Companies that experience a breach end up underperforming by more than 15% on average over three years.

Enough bad news for the day? Thankfully, there is a solution for every problem, and implementing appropriate security tools will go a long way in protecting your systems. This article will guide you through the ten best continuous security monitoring tools for 2023.

Our Top Picks for 10 Best CSM Tools for 2024

  1. Best for monitoring servers: Nagios
  2. Best overall CSM tool: Jit
  3. Best patch management software: Syxsense
  4. Best for managing big data volumes: Splunk
  5. Best for debugging third-party libraries: Lightrun
  6. Best for remediating security misconfigurations: Spectral
  7. Best for overall website security: Cloudflare
  8. Best real-time website spoofing protection: MemcyCo
  9. Best for securely deploying IoT devices: FirstPoint
  10. Best for industrial IoT remote monitoring and management: Galooli

What Is Continuous Security Monitoring (CSM)?

Continuous security monitoring (CSM) is a security practice that continuously assesses an organization's security posture and identifies security risks in real time.

CSM is a proactive approach to security that can help organizations identify and respond to security threats before they cause damage.

» Learn about the best open-source product security tools for developers

How Do Continuous Security Monitoring Tools Work?

Continuous Security Monitoring (CSM) tools enable developers to detect and respond to security threats in real-time.

CSM tools collect data from various sources, including network traffic, system event logs, and user activity. These tools then analyze the data for signs of suspicious or abnormal activity and generate an alert to take appropriate action.

To be effective, CSM tools must be constantly updated with the latest security intelligence and integrated with other security tools, such as intrusion detection systems (IDS) and firewalls.

Best for monitoring servers


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The open-source standard in monitoring

Threat detection and analysis

Focus on system and network monitoring but lacks advanced threat detection features

Data ingestion and integration

Ingests basic system and network metrics with limited third-party integrations

Reporting and visualization

Basic reporting and visualization for system and network metrics

Deployment and scalability

Can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud and scales moderately

Nagios is a monitoring system that watches mission-crucial infrastructure and has multiple APIs allowing easy integration with in-house and third-party applications. Being open source, there are also thousands of community-driven add-ons and extensions for monitoring and native alerts.

  • Monitor your entire IT infrastructure quickly
  • Quickly and easily view, analyze, and archive logs from any source in one central location
  • See where your bandwidth is dipping or spiking
  • Centralized visual operational status that enables faster problem resolution over your entire network
  • Alerts can be delivered to technical staff via email or SMS
  • Open-source software
  • Integration with in-house and third-party applications is easy with multiple APIs

"Nagios does standard monitoring of servers and network devices very well. If you have an environment with many basic protocols to monitor, Nagios will work well out of the box for you. It also runs very reliably. Once it is set up, I have not had many problems with the service being available."

- Chris Saenz, Lead System Engineer

Extendable architecture

Offers Service-Level Agreement (SLA) reports

Comes with a configuration wizard

Web UI can be confusing to navigate

Can produce frequent false positive alerts

No GUI-based config means everything needs to be done through the command line

Best overall


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App + cloud security that developers love

Continuous scanning and alerting

Automatically scan every code change and new deployment to surface code and cloud vulnerabilities

Prioritized alerts

Automatically prioritize vulnerabilities based on their runtime context to reduce false positives

Easy develop adoption

Full integration into the developer environment makes it easy for developers to consistently resolve issues

Reporting and visualization

Monitor detailed security scores per team and track the progress of your security plan

Jit empowers developers to consistently and independently resolve vulnerabilities before production with automated scanning in their environment.

Rather than requiring developers to scroll through long vulnerability backlogs in different UIs, Jit provides immediate feedback on the security of every code change within GitHub, GitLab, or VsCode.

As a result, Jit makes it exceptionally easy for developers to adopt regular security testing within their environment.

    • Unified SAST, SCA, secrets detection, IaC scanning, CSPM, DAST, and other product security controls
    • Unified execution and UX for all security tools
    • Fast and automated scanning within GitHub, GitLab, or VsCode
    • Jit’s Context Engine determines whether a vulnerability is actually exploitable in production to prevent alert fatigue and long backlogs of irrelevant vulnerabilities
    • Unified monitoring and reporting

״Jit provides continuous security by enabling my team to find and fix vulnerabilities in-PRs without slowing them down or expecting them to be security experts״

- Jeff Haynie, CTO at ShopMonkey

Dev-friendly: built for developers with a focus on dev experience across platforms

Fix-first focused, making it easy to find the code to remediate and fix issues fast

Orchestrates and unifies all tools, so developers don’t need to learn each tool

Not open source

Best patch management software


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Security vulnerability scanning tool

Threat detection and analysis

Endpoint security solution with basic threat detection for malware and intrusions

Data ingestion and integration

Focuses on endpoint data ingestion with limited external integrations

Reporting and visualization

Provides reporting on endpoint security metrics with basic visualization options

Deployment and scalability

Agent-based deployment on endpoints and scales well for large networks

Syxsense is a security vulnerability scanning tool that allows you to see and remediate endpoints. It comes with a drag-and-drop interface, the ability to see your security issues in real-time, and quarantine devices from further access.

  • Automated endpoint and vulnerability platform
  • Real-time visibility across your environment
  • Built-in compliance and security reporting for PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO, SOX, and CIS benchmarks
  • Automate foundational processes like patch scanning, patch deployment, vulnerability scanning, and vulnerability remediation

"Syxsense solves the issue of keeping our machines up to date without having to touch each machine manually. It is a great support tool. Also, I have had issues where a user is missing something critical on their machine. Building a package is rather easy as well. They also have support options available to assist.”

- Derek E.

Ability to remote into a system, create updates and patches

Intuitive interface

Remote access can often freeze and locks up the system from reconnecting

Admin portal can sometimes be slow

Best for managing big data volumes


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Unified security and observability platform

Threat detection and analysis

SIEM platform with powerful log analysis and anomaly detection capabilities

Data ingestion and integration

Supports a wide range of data sources and integrations but requires extensive configuration

Reporting and visualization

Powerful and customizable dashboards and reports but requires technical expertise for effective use

Deployment and scalability

On-premises or cloud deployments, highly scalable but requires skilled IT personnel

Splunk is a "unified security and observability platform." You can use Splunk to watch your endpoints, capture log files, and present them in a meaningful and analytical-based output.

  • Identify key risks and detect threats with artificial intelligence
  • Automate actions to address alerts when they’re detected to save time and resources
  • Streamline and standardize workflows for faster detection and response times
  • Full visibility into how changes will impact your digital environment
  • Expert guidance, success plans and access to support

"So simple for Splunk to capture all the data that runs on an enterprise's applications. Splunk acts as the repository to take this data and then allows us to slice and dice the data as we wish to generate reports, improve analysis, get a better handle on our business, improve productivity, improve business/market intelligence, react more quickly to trends, take decisions more proactively, etc."

- Azhar C., IT Security & Compliance Analyst

Ability to make your security logs more mentally digestible

Ability to create automated alerts and reports

Not very easy to use with a steep learning curve

Requires a good understanding of Linux and systems administration skills

Can be resource-heavy for the host machine

Best for debugging third-party libraries


Lightrun homepage


IDE-native observability and debugging platform

Threat detection and analysis

Focused on cloud infrastructure security to detect threats like unauthorized access and configuration changes

Data ingestion and integration

Ingests cloud infrastructure data and integrates with common cloud platforms

Reporting and visualization

Offers clear visualizations of cloud security threats and activity

Deployment and scalability

Cloud-based platform that scales effectively for large cloud environments

Lightrun is an IDE-native observability and debugging platform that allows developers to add logs and metrics to create traces in a live environment. Tools like Lightrun can be handy for error management and bug tracing, as there's no need for redeployments or restarts when code is added through Lightrun.

  • Capture context in real-time without stopping execution
  • Get visibility across replicas, regions, or entire clouds
  • Understand codeflow and code behavior in production by highlighting the code path your users take
  • No code changes, redeployments, or restarts needed
  • Dynamically instrument logs, traces, and metrics for real-time insights into the behavior of your applications and run-time

"Great tool for faster incident resolution and real-time debugging without needing to add new code"

- Shir M, Software Engineering Intern at Google

Requires live production application access

Cut down on logging costs because you can generate these on the live application during the debugging process

More post-production assistance rather than a preventative tool

Best for remediating security misconfigurations


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Automatically identify security blind spots

Threat detection and analysis

Offers behavioral analysis and detection of advanced threats in network traffic

Data ingestion and integration

Ingests cloud infrastructure data and integrates with common cloud platforms

Reporting and visualization

Provides interactive visualizations of network traffic anomalies and threats

Deployment and scalability

Cloud-based platform that scales effectively for large cloud environments

SpectralOps is a scanning tool that can be integrated within your CI/CD system to automatically identify security blind spots and sensitive assets like secret keys, unsecured API endpoints, credentials, and misconfigurations in real-time. It scans your entire codebase and sends instant notifications once an issue is detected, enabling your team to easily and quickly resolve it.

  • Automate the processes of secret protection at build time
  • Monitor and detect API keys, tokens, credentials, security misconfiguration, and other threats in real-time
  • Continuously uncover and monitor public blind spots, supply chain gaps, and proprietary code assets across multiple data sources
  • Seamlessly integrate your own playbooks, build your own detectors, and implement mitigation policies throughout your software development lifecycle
  • Advanced AI-backed technology with over 2000 detectors to uncover data breaches before they happen
  • Get real-time slack alerts and workflow with JIRA tickets

"One of the reasons we picked Spectral over the other products is Spectral has low false-positive results, which give us a high confidence factor and save us precious development time."

- Nimrod Peretz, VP R&D, Wobi

Quickly identify, monitor, and classify your sensitive assets from potential secrets exposure

Specializes in secrets discovery in codebases

Minimal configuration required to get started

Language-agnostic and supports more than 500 stacks

Specializes in code vulnerabilities 

Best for overall website security


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Cloud infrastructure & network traffic monitoring

Threat detection and analysis

Provides website security features like DDoS protection and WAF, limited threat detection beyond web attacks

Data ingestion and integration

Primarily ingests website traffic and security events but has limited external integrations

Reporting and visualization

Offers basic reporting and visualizations for website security events

Deployment and scalability

Cloud-based web security platform, highly scalable for global website traffic

Cloudflare is a cloud infrastructure platform with a network traffic monitoring system called flow-based monitoring (now called Magic Transits). It deals with keeping your cloud systems up by diverting DDoS-detected network traffic away from your main cloud infrastructure setups.

  • Improve security and resilience while reducing your attack surface, vendor count, and tool sprawl
  • Regain visibility and control of IT and security across on-prem, public cloud, SaaS, and the Internet
  • Connect and secure your employees, contractors, devices, networks, apps, and data everywhere they live
  • Give your digital products and services top-notch security, reliability, and performance

"Easy to use, good documentation, reasonably priced, and they have good support"

- Andrii Prager, CTO at QROK GmbH

Stable and good with DDoS protection

Easy to scale

It can become costly to maintain

No clear live tracking is available

Best real-time website spoofing protection


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Proof of Source Authenticity (PoSA) tool

Threat detection and analysis

Primarily focused on security posture assessment and vulnerability management with limited real-time threat detection

Data ingestion and integration

Ingests vulnerability scan data and security assessments, limited real-time data integrations

Reporting and visualization

Provides reports on vulnerability findings and security posture assessments

Deployment and scalability

Cloud-based platform that scales based on chosen plan and usage

MemcyCo is a Proof of Source Authenticity (PoSA) tool that enables companies to protect their digital assets from impostor attacks such as brand identity theft and phishing scams.

MemcyCo surveils all communication touchpoints between the company and its customers, partners, or employees. If an attack is detected, this tool automatically notifies the company before the attack reaches the end user. MemcyCo also offers an authentication watermark that can be used on companies’ websites or emails, which helps build customer trust. 

  • Impostor site alert that appears when users access cloned or spoofed versions of your website
  • Show a forge-proof authenticity watermark to every website visitor
  • Real-time brand impersonation monitoring, alerting, and protection
  • Gain unprecedented visibility into spoofing attempts that go undetected by domain registration and web scanners

At the end of the cloud are the Internet of Things devices. These devices need to be monitored for power and data efficiency. Here are two of the best IoT monitoring platforms available.

Real-time tampering detection

Secure and customizable watermark that can’t be forged 

Can be easily installed with one line of code

Email and SMS authenticity verifications are additional tools, paid separately

Best for securely deploying IoT devices


FirstPoint homepage


Targeted cellular IoT monitoring platform

Threat detection and analysis

SIEM platform with threat intelligence integration and automated incident response workflows

Data ingestion and integration

Supports various data sources and offers pre-built integrations with security tools

Reporting and visualization

Customizable dashboards and reports for security incidents and events

Deployment and scalability

On-premises or cloud deployments and scales well for large security operations

FirstPoint is a targeted cellular IoT monitoring platform that protects entire IoT networks and the data transmitted between IoT-connected devices. You can use FirstPoint to prevent new and emerging threats such as identity compromises, eavesdropping, unauthorized location tracking, malicious SMS, and data leakage. This tool is customizable to any use case and scalable to fit business needs.

  • Distributed EPC/5GC with user management, intuitive connectivity management, and billing
  • Supports both mobile core network level security and specific use case protection mechanisms
  • Subscribers can roam between public and private networks will full support for CBRS neutral host network (NHN) and eSIM profile scenarios
  • Multiple deployment options with full support for multiple virtual environments and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC)
  • Enables enterprises to create custom implementations over the core network via simple API functions

"FirstPoint's unique and innovative solution provides an added layer of protection at the cellular signaling network level, a true industry first,"

- Eric Williams, Founder, CEO & Innovator, iJura

Covers 2G to 5G range

Available for both on-premise and in-cloud options

Centralized online management platform

Limited to cellular IoT 

Best for industrial IoT remote monitoring and management


Galooli homepage


IoT monitoring and management platform

Threat detection and analysis

Cloud security platform with threat detection for cloud misconfigurations and unauthorized activities

Data ingestion and integration

Ingests cloud activity data and integrates with major cloud platforms

Reporting and visualization

Provides visualizations of cloud security threats and activity trends

Deployment and scalability

Cloud-based platform that scales effectively for large cloud environments

The power bill can quickly grow for businesses that manage their on-premise infrastructure if everything remains on all the time. Galooli is an IoT monitoring and management platform that ensures efficient energy management and operational savings.

  • Carbon emissions KPI tracking helps achieve environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) goals
  • Full visibility over your remote assets and their performance using real-time monitoring and management capabilities
  • Available on web and mobile devices
  • Immediate access to any relevant alerts or events

"Its easy access and user-friendly interface made me like the software; even a novice could make use of the software if you give them a simple explanation on how to use the software."

- Arinze.

Supports various industries including data centers, telecommunications, mobility, utilities, and renewables

Easy to use and understand interfaces

Limited to enterprises

Focused on physical IoT assets and not cloud-based infrastructures

Types of Continuous Monitoring

Continuous monitoring is the process of monitoring and assessing security controls on an ongoing basis and is an integral part of an organization’s security program.

There are three main types of continuous monitoring: infrastructure, application, and network.

1. Infrastructure Monitoring

Infrastructure monitoring is the process of monitoring the physical components of a system, such as servers, storage, and networking equipment.

The main benefit of infrastructure monitoring tools is that they can help identify problems with hardware or other physical components of the system. For example, a server constantly running at a high temperature may indicate a hardware issue.

2. Application Monitoring

Application monitoring is the process of monitoring the software components of a system, such as the application code, the application server, and the database.

Application monitoring can help identify problems with the application code, such as slow performance, memory leaks, and even malicious code.

3. Network Monitoring

Network monitoring is the process of monitoring a system's network traffic, including the router, switches, and other networking equipment.

Network monitoring can help identify problems with the network, such as high latency or packet loss.

Continuous Security Monitoring Benefits

Organizations are under constant attack from sophisticated cybercriminals. Active monitoring and cyber security tools are required to defend your organization against malicious acts.

Here are the significant benefits of CSM:

  • Helps identify potential security risks and vulnerabilities early before they can be exploited
  • Reduces the impact of a security breach or attack by providing timely detection and response
  • Improves an organization’s security posture by providing visibility into potential risks and vulnerabilities
  • Can save time and resources by automating the monitoring process
  • Can improve compliance with security-related regulations and standards

Whatever You Choose, You Still Need a Security Plan

CSM tools are essential to respond to threats in real time. However, to ensure maximum protection across your entire CI/CD system, you need to integrate with various tools and have a solid security plan in place. This can easily get overwhelming for your DevOps team.

That’s why Jit offers a Minimum Viable Security plan that makes it simpler to protect all stages of your software development. We also work as an orchestration layer to facilitate integrations with all the relevant security tools you need for each stage. Get started for free and continuously protect your product with minimum hassle.