Gartner Research

Securing SharePoint in Extranet Scenarios

Published: 27 December 2012

ID: G00229664

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald


Most enterprise deployments of SharePoint are now opening up for outside collaboration, changing the risk profile. However, the overall security profile of these deployments will be weakened if the corresponding improvement security protection strategy isn't updated to reflect the change in risk.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Access and Access Governance Best Practices
  • Define a Process for Access Governance
  • Use Existing Extranet User Management Systems
  • Don't Forget About Internal Users Needing Access When They Are Outside of Your Enterprise Network
  • Don't Force Users to Use a VPN to Access SharePoint
  • Core Security Best Practices
  • Secure the SharePoint Application as a Critical Three-Tier Application
  • Place the Shared SharePoint Database in a Protected Section of the DMZ
  • Use SharePoint 2010 or Higher
  • Plan on the Use of Supplemental Third-Party Reporting Tools for Complex Deployments
  • Sensitive Data Best Practices
  • Periodically Crawl the SharePoint Site to Monitor for the Inappropriate Sharing of Sensitive Data
  • Consider Data Redaction Technologies to Mask Sensitive Data
  • Confirm SharePoint Is the Right Approach
  • Protect Sensitive Data Once It Leaves the SharePoint Environment
  • Treat All Content Uploaded as Untrusted, Requiring Malware Scanning

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