Gartner Research


Published: 05 March 2012

ID: G00227193

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


Malicious software (aka malware) is a pressing concern that continues to rise. A layered malware defense is recommended, but organizations have many choices for anti-malware architecture. This updated Decision Point examines various alternatives for malware protection, including whitelisting, blacklisting, system management, filtering at various layers and related management topology considerations.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Architectural Context
  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
  • Principles


  • Endpoint Infection Prevention
    • Reduced Malware Susceptibility in OS and Software
    • Endpoint Management
    • Network Isolation
    • Filtering Solutions
  • Eradication
  • Advanced Monitoring for Malware
  • Others

Future Developments

Decision Tool

  • General Protection Principles
    • Filtering
  • Layering
    • Decision Justification
  • Endpoint Anti-malware Protection Position
    • Decision Justification
  • Eradication and Response Position
    • Decision Justification
  • Automatic Anti-malware Updates Position
    • Decision Justification
  • Anti-malware Management Position
    • Decision Justification
  • Remediation Reporting Position
    • Decision Justification
  • Network-Filtering Position
    • Decision Justification
  • Endpoint Admission Position
    • Decision Justification
  • Email Filtering Position
    • Email Gateways Position
    • Email Servers Position
  • Web- and Application-Filtering Position
    • Decision Justification (Whether to Deploy)
  • Advanced Monitoring for Malware Position
    • Decision Justification

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