Decision Point for Host System Security Choices

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Summary

Organizations have choices for the management and security postures of various computer systems such as fixed desktops, mobile clients and servers. This Decision Point examines alternative security and management postures to mitigate risk and the criteria for selecting the most appropriate protections for particular system roles.

Table of Contents

  • Decision Point
  • Decision Context
    • Architectural Context
    • Related Decisions
  • Evaluation Criteria
    • Requirements and Constraints
      • Maintain Security Objectives for Data and Applications
      • Protect Systems Owned and Managed by the Organization
      • Establish Minimal Controls for Unmanaged Systems
      • Support Location-Based Policies and Controls
    • Principles
  • Alternatives
    • Prevention
      • Managing Standard Operating Systems
      • Using Specially Hardened Operating Systems
      • Third-Party Security Add-Ons
      • Infrastructure Protections as Compensating Controls
    • Detection, Logging and Monitoring
    • Reaction
      • Location
      • Automated vs. Manual Reaction
      • Reaction Processes
    • Management
    • Controls by Management Style
      • Unmanaged Systems
      • Moderately Managed Systems
      • Heavily Managed Systems
      • Managed Containers
    • Host Access Control
  • Future Developments
  • Decision Tool
    • Prevention and Management Position
      • Client Computer Management and Prevention Position
      • Server Computer Management and Prevention Position
    • Detection Position
      • Use Detection Mechanisms on the System
      • Use Network Detection Mechanisms If Available
    • Reaction Position
      • Maintain an Incident-Response Capability
      • Location of Reaction Position
      • Reaction Process Position
  • Recommended Reading
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