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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


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



  • 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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