Server Security

Written by Charles Peacock
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Server security is incredibly important for the well-being of any company that makes extensive use of a computer network. It's not uncommon for companies to have all of their most important information stored on a server, and in the event of a security breach you risk not only letting that information fall into the wrong hands but also losing access to it yourself. Server security should therefore be very high on your corporate priority list, so you can be sure that you are doing everything possible to protect your informational assets.

Establishing Effective Server Security

In order to maintain a truly secure server, there are certain steps an administrator can (and must) take. The first step is creating a locked-down environment where only the right people have access to sensitive information and functions on the server. Limiting employees to only those parts of the system they definitely need helps you keep tabs on your server security, and helps you limit potential problems.

The next step is to make sure you are running on a good, secure operating system and that you have all of the latest security patches installed. It is crucial to check regularly with the software company to see if they're offering new patches to deal with the latest hacker threats. Installing these patches as quickly as possible will decrease your chances of running into a problem.

Finally, as an administrator you want to make sure you are running all the security software and hardware your company can afford. Things like firewalls are helpful, but not enough. Installing intrusion prevention systems can help you to actively monitor potential hacker attacks and to shut them down in the event that one occurs.

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