Gartner Research

The Feasibility of Host-Based Controls and the Evolution of Server Security

Published: 31 March 2014

ID: G00260437

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer , Joerg Fritsch

Summary

Servers are the core components to deliver digital services and products and are unique in their (usage) profiles. This document compares server roles and assesses security controls that offer an optimal protection strategy for physical and virtualized servers in cloud and on-premises data centers.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Comparison

Analysis

  • Market Drivers
  • Server Categories and Control Priorities
    • Traditional IT
    • Data Miners
    • Merchants
    • Data Dwellers
  • Host-Based Server Security Controls
    • Host Integrity Validation: Roots and Chains of Trust
    • Data-in-Use Encryption
    • Patch Management
    • Anti-malware
    • Application Control and Whitelisting
    • File Integrity Monitoring
    • Privileged Account Activity Monitoring
    • Network Attack Mitigation
    • Device Control
  • Champion an Effective Server Security Strategy
  • Make Server Security Subject to Continuous Improvement Programs
  • Mind the Pitfalls of Server and Data Center Consolidation
  • Do Not Follow Up Hybrid Clouds With Hybrid Security
  • Balance Multitool for Server Security Versus Best of Breed

The Details

  • Server Categorization: A Method for Determining Server Profiles
  • Attributes and Dimensions of Servers
    • Degree of Virtualization
    • Application Distribution
    • File System Distribution
    • Datafication
    • Performance and I/O Requirements
    • Workload
    • Geolocation (of Workloads and Data)

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