Gartner Research

Approaches for Content and Data Security in Microsoft SharePoint Server

Published: 21 October 2014

ID: G00265848

Analyst(s): Ben Tomhave


Microsoft SharePoint Server continues to be prevalent in on-premises IT environments. The sensitive content it contains drives the need for solid security solutions. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of built-in and third-party content protection approaches available now for SharePoint.

Table Of Contents


  • In Scope
  • Not in Scope
  • Typical Architecture
  • A Note on Infrastructure Security

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Introduction to the Strengths and Weaknesses Analysis
  • Solution Types
    • Configuration Management
    • Auditing and Reporting
    • "DLP"/Content Monitoring
    • Encryption
    • Information Classification
  • Solution Sets
    • Native Methods
    • Scripting With Windows PowerShell and SharePoint APIs
    • Buy a Point Solution
    • Buy a Specialized Bundle
    • Build Your Own Bundle


  • Challenges Related to Scale
  • Balance Resources Versus Scale
  • Balance Security Requirements Versus Scale

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