In an ever more connected world, the danger of cyber-criminals is just getting stronger. There are hacker’s groups that do it just for fun and others that work for whoever pays. This creates a massive risk for any business that relies on servers connected to the internet. But how to protect your servers? Protecting our servers, is it even possible?
Yes, of course, it is! You will see there are plenty of best practices that you can implement to keep your servers safe and reduce the risk significantly.
- Educate your personnel. You would be surprised, but more than 40% of the security bridges are thanks to the mistakes of your employees. They don’t take care of their passwords and enter to sketchy pages. Show them what the risks are and how to protect.
- To avoid the super popular DDoS attacks, choose a DNS protected servers if you are just starting or apply load balancing method that can mitigate the DDoS attacks and keep your servers running.
- Take care of your Remote access. You can use SSL certificates to verify the users. Limit the remote access by IPs. This way you can stop many of the attacks. Another thing that you can do is to change the default RDP port. This will make it harder for the cyber-criminals to find it.
- Keep everything up to date. You can’t imagine how important that is. Install every security patch as soon as it is out an update to the latest version of all your software. Don’t forget the drivers of your components too. You remember the Spectre and Meltdown, don’t you?
- Firewall. It is a barrier, physical or software that limits the access to your servers. You can implement it differently. The software is the easy option. You can also buy a router that has such a feature and use it to separate your servers from the internet.
- Hide your Master/Primary server. You can do this by using a secondary server. You can use an API to synchronize them and show just the Secondary as a Primary. If an attack hits it, you will still have all your information safe in the more important Primary one.
Keep in mind that downtime means lose. No matter if you have a game server or you sell products online. So better be safe and follow these best practices to protect your servers.