Selecting a structure for protection of an enterprise
Selection of a structure for protection of an organization is defined by the following factors:
Organization's network topology.
Number of employees in charge of the network protection, and allocation of their responsibilities.
Hardware resources that can be allocated to protection management components.
Throughput of communication channels that can be allocated to maintenance of protection components on the organizational network.
Time limits for execution of critical administrative operations on the organization's network. Critical administrative operations include, for example, the distribution of anti-virus databases and modification of policies for client devices.
When you select a protection structure, it is recommended first to estimate the available network and hardware resources that can be used for the operation of a centralized protection system.
To analyze the network and hardware infrastructure, it is recommended that you follow the process below:
Define the following settings of the network on which the protection will be deployed:
Number of network segments.
Speed of communication channels between individual network segments.
Number of managed devices in each of the network segments.
Throughput of each communication channel that can be allocated to maintain the operation of the protection.
Determine the maximum allowed time for the execution of key administrative operations for all managed devices.
Is it possible to serve all the clients with a single Administration Server, or is a hierarchy of Administration Servers required?
Which hardware configuration of Administration Servers is required in order to deal with all the clients within the time limits specified in step 2?
Is it required to use distribution points to reduce load on communication channels?
Upon obtaining answers to the questions in step 3 above, you can compile a set of allowed structures of the organization's protection.
On the organization's network you can use one of the following standard protection structures:
One Administration Server. All client devices are connected to a single Administration Server. Administration Server functions as distribution point.
One Administration Server with distribution points. All client devices are connected to a single Administration Server. Some of the networked client devices function as distribution points.
Hierarchy of Administration Servers. For each network segment an individual Administration Server is allocated and becomes part of a general hierarchy of Administration Servers. The master Administration Server functions as distribution point.
Hierarchy of Administration Servers with distribution points. For each network segment an individual Administration Server is allocated and becomes part of a general hierarchy of Administration Servers. Some of the networked client devices function as distribution points.