Best Practice Report

Best Practices: Server Operating System Security

Consistency Is The Key To Success

July 12th, 2007
Jennifer Albornoz Mulligan
With contributors:
Laura Koetzle , Alissa Dill


Security managers are at their wits' ends trying to keep their servers secure from the deluge of new vulnerabilities across all operating systems. Why? Because as systems grow more complex, it becomes more difficult to maintain proper access controls and mitigate new vulnerabilities. To uncover server security best practices, Forrester spoke with 137 leading firms handling large numbers of servers. Our research uncovered best practices in three areas: server patching, server hygiene, and access control. Sound obvious? Perhaps, but our research revealed that very few security managers manage to deploy most of these best practices consistently and effectively.

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