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Data Center Server Security: A SANS Survey

  • Monday, January 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST (2015-01-26 20:00:00 UTC)
  • Jake Williams, Michael Gare, Joakim Lialias


  • IBM
  • Mcafee LLC

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Financial data, customer data, and medical data are all processed in data centers, making them primary targets for attackers. DNS, email and web servers, also rich targets for attackers, are often hosted on data center servers as well, making protecting the data center a priority. Securing data center servers from web-based attacks or attacks from other compromised internal endpoints requires a solid architecture and strong access controls and configuration management. Defending them calls for strong firewalls, IPS, and other monitoring functions that can help alert administrators or data owners to problems.

This webcast covers the results of a new SANS survey that examines how organizations manage their data center server assets from a security and compliance perspective. Results provide a snapshot of the technologies in use and the frequency of security incidents in the data center environment.

The webcast will address such key issues as:

  • How the data centers are structured, their operating systems and applications
  • What their security drivers and processes are
  • What types of traffic are being monitored and how
  • What technologies are used for patching, configuration management and incident response

Takeaways from this survey will provide strong direction for IT managers looking for ways to manage risks to their data center, improve compliance and apply proper response to real incidents while reducing false positives.

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Speaker Bios

Jake Williams

Jake Williams is founder and principal consultant at Rendition Infosec and a certified SANS instructor and course author. He has more than a decade of experience in secure network design, penetration testing, incident response, forensics, and malware reverse engineering. Before founding Rendition Infosec, he worked with various government agencies in information security roles. Jake is a two-time victor at the annual DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge.

Michael Gare

Michael Gare is a software product manager at IBM with responsibility for a number of solutions focused on server automation. With more than 20 years of experience with global organizations including Computerland, Nortel Networks and IBM, Mike has a broad range of experience in telecommunications, mobile technologies, datacenter automation and cloud computing. He has performed a variety of leadership roles, many that involved working directly with customers to help them understand, compare and choose the best business solution for their needs.

Joakim Lialias

Joakim Lialias leads the product marketing for server security, data protection and security management at McAfee, part of Intel Security Group. Prior to transferring over to McAfee, Joakim was at Intel for more than 8 years in various marketing roles. His most recent roles were in the Software and Solutions Group covering key alliances such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM SWG, and SAP. Prior to Intel, Joakim spent several years at IBM in product marketing and business development roles in the server and technology group.

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