Gartner Research

Microsoft Security Capabilities Portfolio

Published: 23 May 2007

ID: G00203310

Analyst(s): Pete Lindstrom


Microsoft is known for security in all the wrong ways. Its recent makeover, however, makes it a formidable force in the security market. This overview will discuss all of Microsoft's security capabilities--both in its traditional software solutions as well as its security-specific offerings from its newly branded Forefront suite of security products.

Table Of Contents



  • Microsoft's Vision for Security
  • The Length and Breadth of Microsoft's Security Portfolio
  • Ultimately, We're All Control Freaks
    • Active Directory Provides Powerful Policy Control
    • The In(put)s and Out(put)s of Management
  • Identity and Access Layer
  • The Meat and Potatoes of Microsoft (Windows Client and Server Systems)
  • Network and Perimeter Security
  • What's “App”-ening with Applications
  • Security at the Content Layer
  • Recommendations
  • Mind the Gap
  • The Identity and Access Layer
  • Client-Side Antivirus
  • Gateway Antivirus
  • Perimeter Firewall
  • On HIPS and Client-Server Security
  • Patch and Configuration Management
  • Application, Repository, and Content Security
  • Document Management and Rights Management

The Details

  • Burton Group's Information Security Technology Model
    • Diving Deeper with Security Functionality
  • The Microsoft Solutions Portfolio
  • Microsoft Acronyms
  • ISTM Control Layer
    • Active Directory with Group Policy
    • Systems Management Server (SMS)
    • Microsoft Certificate Services (MCS)
    • Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)
    • Connections
  • Identity and Access Layer
    • Windows Integrated Authentication
    • Internet-Facing Authentication
    • ASP.NET Authentication
    • Authentication Leverage
  • Perimeter Layer
    • Networked Computers: Network
    • Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG)
    • Networked Computers: Microsoft Network Applications
  • Resource Layer
    • Resource Layer—Systems: Client and Server
    • Resource Layer—Applications: Microsoft Internet Information Server and ASP.NET
    • Microsoft Exchange Server
    • Microsoft Live Communication Server
    • Resource Layer—Repositories: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Windows Rights Management Services



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