Servers have become an absolutely essential cog in the functioning of modern commerce. They allow businesses to store vast quantities of data, saving them time, effort and space. However, it’s important to remember that much of this data is likely to commercially or personally sensitive – and this is why you have to ensure you take steps to protect your servers from would-be hackers. Should sensitive data fall into the wrong hands, it could be put to damaging use. It’s a simple matter of commercial and personal confidentiality. Fortunately, there are a few relatively simple steps you can take to secure your server from intruders.
Secure your server before going online
The first thing you need to think about is how you set your server up. An unsecured server is likely to be compromised within a short space of time after going online. This is why you need to install your server ‘antiseptically’ – configure your server offline and upload patches via an external hard drive or CD. This should help to ensure your server is more secure than it would be otherwise. It’s important to make sure that your server has robust protection in place before you try to put it online. Should you fail to do so, you’re likely to find that it’s much more vulnerable to attack.
You should also be careful to avoid placing too much emphasis on network security to the detriment of other aspects. You do need to make sure you have an adequate firewall in place, but you should also make sure that network ports aren’t left open and therefore vulnerable to compromise. Points which are potentially accessible to the outside world – such as web applications and server-side scripts – should also be secured.
Control access to your server
One of the most important things you can do to make your server more secure is to limit the number of people who have access to it. By setting administrator login privileges, you can restrict the access others have to the server system. That way, you can ensure that only those people you truly trust can get in. This should significantly reduce the risk of security compromise. However, if you have weak passwords and unsecured scripts, it’s likely that your server will still be left vulnerable. Make sure you ensure that users who have direct access to your server change their own passwords periodically.
Keep things simple
You could opt to combine multiple functions on a single server, but this might not be the safest option – should something go wrong with your server or should it be compromised by a hacker, your organization could be seriously impacted. A server running a number of different functions is likely to prove particularly fruitful ground for hackers. This is why it could be a good idea to dedicate a server to a specific purpose. Once you’ve decided which purpose you want to dedicate your server to, you can then go about removing all programs and applications which don’t serve this particular end.
Need help ensuring that your server(s) and the data within them are safe? Click here or call (954) 908-3600 today, in order to contact the team at Sirama Consulting today for a complimentary Server Health and Security Check and one of our experts will gladly assist you.