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Jul 18 2007   8:32AM GMT

Report: Server security best practices not followed

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

A new Forrester Research report predicts a lot of opportunity for VARs and integrators in the server security market. According to the report, “Best Practices: Server Operating System Security,” most IT managers fail to implement best practices in server patching, server hygiene and access control. Based on surveys with 137 firms, analyst Jennifer Albornoz Mulligan says these are the best practices they should be following:

Server patching: Plan how and when you will triage, apply, and validate new patches.

Server hygiene: Repeatedly check to ensure that server security options are set properly with tools and standardized methodologies.

Access control: Hire the best and brightest, but keep track of what they do and what they have access to.

Channel companies¬† should educate their customers on what they should be doing to keep their servers secure, then help them develop the right policies and deploy the right systems to enforce those policies. For more resources, check out’s project guide on Patch Management Services and SearchSystemsChannel’s all-in-one guide for Blade Server Resellers, which includes a section on security.

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