White Paper: Server Security
from Secon Cyber
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Whether you use physical, virtual, or cloud servers, you want to keep your data safe. Maintaining best practice when it comes to server security is crucial since servers are big targets for bad actors, and downtime can cost your organisation a lot of time and money. If hackers can infect a server, they can propagate and spread incredibly quickly. They can go onto use this level of access to leverage whatever they want from you. Unfortunately, many organisations cave to demands because the data on these servers is too precious to lose.
The latest solutions on the market can help you maintain the security of your servers in every environment with features such as Host/Network Intrusion Prevention, server hardening, and log inspection, but patching and updating your security tools is necessary to keep hackers out. Ensure you are keeping up with best practice when it comes to server security to save yourself a headache down the line.
How can it help?
Many organisations today deploy various combinations of physical, virtual, and cloud servers. Embracing a security tool that can encompass all of your servers, no matter the deployment scenario, and maintain their security from a single place is necessary for effective and easy management.
Timely patching is also incredibly important, but it’s much harder for an organisation to patch a server than it is to patch an endpoint due to the potential downtime it could cause. For example, if you apply a patch and reboot a user’s endpoint, it’s only going to impact that one user for a short period of time.
If you do the same to a server, you could potentially impact all of your users in the organisation. In addition, rebooting servers can introduce other issues that can impact their functionality. To help avoid these headaches, applying Host Intrusion Prevention to your server workloads is crucial. This stops anything from trying to exploit the known vulnerabilities in your server before they are able to be properly patched.
What else should be included?
Some people think having just antivirus on their servers constitutes proper security. Antivirus is an element of server security, but there are also many other things to consider. The top strategies to employ are:
- Server Hardening
- Protecting Workloads
- Cloud Security
- Overall Best Practice
- Network IPS