According to the Kaspersky security bulletin in 2020 we should expect more sophisticated and targeted attacks. Ransomware attacks are not going to be widespread, however, attackers gravitating toward targeting small businesses virtual or dedicated servers. Server security has always been a priority for enterprise organization but in light of the recent increase in DDoS attacks, data breaches and high profile ransomware attacks small businesses are feeling the heat to protect their server and client’s information safe.
There are some simple steps you can take to protect your business and ensure your dedicated servers are secure. Let’s explore some of the steps you can take to enhance your dedicated server security and business continuity.
1.Protect and manage dedicated server access:
Revise your password policy; make sure you have a maximum password age -how long a user can use the same password, 90 days – Minimum password length and complexity – use combination of words, numbers, symbols and at least 12 characters – password should be complex – refrain from using dictionary all or part of username as password and it should go beyond dictionary words. Set user permissions and delete unnecessary users.
2.Regularly update the OS and applications:
Windows, Linux, and software updates have a significant role in keeping your dedicated server safe, updates are more than just adding new features they also include security patches and bug fixes. Once researches find the vulnerability OS and software vendor’s act quickly to release a security patch; make sure you run the update and apply the patches as soon as you can.
3.Virus and Malware Scan:
Do not postpone installing antivirus and anti-malware software on your dedicated server. Scan your computer regularly and only download/run software and applications from the trusted source. If your server is mission-critical use a sandbox to install applications or script before installing on your dedicated servers.
4.Backup, Backup, Backup:
Data protection is basically the most important task of IT technicians and managers. Backups are not just for disasters recovery but they are also important when you face with other challenges like a fallen victim to cyber-attacks specifically where your data/website is encrypted or defaced by a hacker, or maybe your dedicated server is infected with a virus and you want to go back to your original data. Even human errors can cause data loss; people accidentally delete files or folders. Setup a remote automatic backup you can either host it in the cloud or on your storage or another server.
Firewall shields your private network and prevents unauthorized access to your dedicated servers. You can set rules to control the incoming and outgoing traffics. You can either enable Windows firewall on your dedicated server or if you are running an online business you can tuck your server behind a hardware firewall.