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

Published: 22 April 2016

ID: G00297704

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch

Summary

The application type and application architecture that runs on top of a server workload determine what security controls should be prioritized. This document assesses controls that offer an optimal protection strategy for server workloads in hybrid IT architectures.

Table Of Contents

Comparison

Analysis

  • Market Drivers
    • Server Security Suite Vendors Finally Understand Virtualized Architectures and Cloud
    • Integration With APIs for Innovative Use Cases
    • Workload Contexts That Are Too Much in Flux Are Not Supported
    • Large Suites vs. Best-of-Breed Solutions
  • Host-Based Server Workload Security Controls
    • Host Integrity Validation: Roots and Chains of Trust
    • Security Configuration Management and Patch Management
    • Anti-Malware Scanning
    • Application Control and Whitelisting
    • File Integrity Monitoring
    • Endpoint Detection and Response
    • Ringfencing With Host Firewalls and Microsegmentation
    • Device Control on Physical Servers

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