How to Prevent Server Security Breaches

Posted by Bhavesh Joshi On Thursday, February 14, 2013 0 comments
How to Prevent Server Security Breaches
Malicious users utilize various strategies to breach server security. Some of the tactics they use include physical attacks and using malicious programs to infiltrate computer servers. People and organizations can implement effective security plans after understanding all the possible security loopholes that malicious users use to breach server security. 

Physical Security
Securing the physical server hardware is an essential part of preventing a breach in server security. Users who gain physical access to server hardware can do anything including stealing hard drives, destroying data or the machine itself. One means of ensuring server security is by locking up the server room using advanced locking systems such as biometric locks and others. Physical access to the server room should be restricted by placing the server in a locked room or a restricted data center. 

Network Security
Because computers in a network can access servers, they are vulnerable to network based attacks. Malicious users can gain access to network servers through open LAN or wireless connections. Various strategies are used to prevent server breaches through open network connections. This involves reducing the number of network entry points that malicious users can exploit. One means of hardening network security is by installing firewall applications that limit incoming network traffic. Other techniques used in network security hardening include undertaking security updates and disabling unnecessary network services to reduce the number of network entry points. 

Malware Attacks
People can use malicious software to compromise server security. This can lead to significant damage to the server including data corruption, pop-up windows and slow-downs. Some malware applications can copy data from the server to another one or replicate the data on other computers. Malware-based server attacks can be prevented through smart computer use practices and software defenses. This involves installing antivirus software and undertaking regular updates of the antivirus application. 

Internal Attacks
Not all server breaches are initiated from outside sources. Anyone with access to a server or the data in the server poses a threat to the server security. All individuals granted access to a server should be given the least amount of access necessary to do the tasks required to be undertaken. Privileges should be unlocked when needed. Liberal server access policies make the server vulnerable to security breaches. 

User Activity Monitoring
Though monitoring user activity may sound intrusive to some people, for employers and business owners; it is a necessary step in server security. The aim of this technique is to ensure a proper balance of visibility, privacy and access. By monitoring users’ network activities, companies prevent users from gaining unauthorized access to company data using certain utilities and programs. User activity monitoring is as simple as using the right application to limit server access. 


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