Gartner Research

How to Devise a Server Protection Strategy

Published: 06 December 2011

ID: G00226153

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald , Peter Firstbrook

Summary

Protecting servers requires a different strategy from protecting desktops or laptops, but this doesn't require that a different vendor or product be used. We provide a framework for prioritizing server protection capabilities.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

Analysis

  • Start With Good Management Hygiene
  • The Foundation of Server Protection: Solid Configuration and Vulnerability Management
  • Server Security Controls: Choosing From a Palette of Controls
    • Basic Application Control
    • File Integrity Monitoring
    • Deep Packet Inspection-Based HIPS
    • Anti-Malware Scanning
    • Traditional Host Firewalling
    • Rule-Based HIPS
    • Memory Protection
    • Behavioral and Heuristics-Based Malware Protection
    • URL and IP-Based Reputation
    • Data Loss Prevention
    • Encryption
    • Platform Support
  • Protecting at the Application Layer
  • Protecting Collaboration Servers
  • Why Not Use the Same Protection Suite Used on the Desktop?
  • Why Use a Different Protection Platform on Servers Than on Desktops?
  • What's the Impact of Virtualization?

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