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Shifting Defenses: Security Futures for Networks, Applications, and Data

Published: 11 July 2008

ID: G00203531

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


Industry trends will drive organizations to shift much of their defensive emphasis from network controls to endpoint-, identity-, application-, and data-level controls. In this overview, Principal Analyst Dan Blum describes how technologies such as trusted virtualization and secure compartments, higher assurance identity (with privacy features), and application whitelisting services could raise the bar. Ultimately, an information-centric approach building on converging XML-oriented database management systems, enterprise content management, and service oriented architecture (SOA) data services will provide lasting strategic benefits. Information risk management and information classification will also be of vital importance.

Table Of Contents



  • The Future of Network Controls
    • Not Your Father's Firewall
    • Policy Infrastructure Must Tie Business Context to Network Security Operations
  • Shifting Defenses to Endpoint, Identity, and Application Controls
    • Endpoint Security, Virtualization, and Trust
    • Identity and Access Control for Users, Services, and Devices
    • Application Security Patterns
    • Access Control and Policy Infrastructures
    • Trusted Computing and Application Ecosystems
  • Shifting Defenses to the Data
    • Ubiquitous Cryptographic Controls
    • Use Control and Access Control
    • Enterprise Data Management Infrastructures and Services
    • Monitors, Filters, and Audit
    • Information Classification
    • Information Risk Management
  • Recommendations



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