Nothing is safe today! It’s entirely justified if anyone goes paranoid over server security-related concerns. The number of security breaches has been on the rise over the last couple of years, and you don’t want your organization to become a victim.
It’s good that you have decided to use dedicated servers (servidores dedicados) perhaps to enhance the performance and security of your websites. As a website owner, it’s quite remarkable to think about a few security concerns related to these servers. If left undiagnosed and addressed, these security vulnerabilities can create havoc.
One of the significant challenges facing most web hosting services providers is to fix all the security loopholes associated with dedicated servers for uninterrupted service and maximum uptime. Here are some steps to help you evaluate how safe is your dedicated hosting.
Is the dedicated server secure against threats?
A comprehensive dedicated hosting security plan begins with security risk assessment. The entire process focuses on determining the assets that require protection. It also explains the need for the asset protection and the consequences of inadequate protection.
The security risk assessment process helps to dedicate and all the necessary resources on the protection of the available assets to eliminate security threats such as password breach, malware, DoS attack, and other similar threats. It also brings a perfect balance between secure accessibility and usability.
Websites owners frequently install and configure applications and tools on their servers. That means there is also a security risk for them if the server isn’t fortified against all security threats. Here are actions you can take to ensure that your dedicated hosting resources and the operating system are secure.
Eliminate all the unnecessary services
Default OS configurations and installations come with unnecessary network services. There are high chances that these services leave scope for malicious network users to disturb or attack your server. Therefore, it’s wise to switch off all the unnecessary network services. This will enhance the performance of your server.
If possible, disable remote access
While remote access can be a good thing, sometimes it’s a security loophole. It’s recommended that you, the administrator, to login to your dedicated server locally. If remote access is inevitable, make sure that the entire process is appropriately secured using the right encryption protocols and stringent tunneling.
Consider using security tokens and other necessary pieces of equipment to ensure that the remote access is completed safely. You should allow the remote access to specific IPs and accounts.
Avoiding mixing production and Testing on the same dedicated server
Most developers create and test the applications on the same production server. It’s advisable not to allow public directories and subdirectories available on the production server. This is because these web applications may end up opening scope for vulnerabilities. During the initial development stages, these applications lack validation and exception handling capabilities. If you perform both development and testing on your server, the applications and all associated files on dedicated servers can easily be compromised.
Be careful when granting privileges and permissions. Network, files, and server permissions play an integral role in server security. Therefore, consider setting up a robust server monitoring plan to assign permissions and privileges to administrators and the right users during a particular network service.