Do you know if your server is secure? No matter what business you’re in, the security of your website depends on the security of the server that hosts your data. Securing the server isn’t just about making sure it is stored in a safe and secure location to prevent physical damage to it, but it needs to be secured from those dastardly, mischievous hackers that just want to wreak havoc if they can find their way in.
Many people don’t consider the potential consequences of a server that is not properly secured. In addition to losing data or a website being inaccessible to viewers, a security breach can do real damage to your reputation and finances. In the ever digital world we live, many do not place security of the information that they hold at the top of their mind until it is too late. Unless you know what type of security your host company uses, your data may not be as safe as you think.
Without proper protection, a hacker could gain access to your data and steal the personal or financial information of clients or employees, including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords, credit card information or bank information. This information gives the hacker the ability to steal money from clients or from the business, it opens the door to identity theft, and it will likely cost to repair the damage done, including paying for the lawsuits related to the data breach.
In addition to losing business if the site is offline, businesses lose potential future customers who no longer trust the security of the website. Losing the confidence of your clients could be the end of your business.
Securing a server is more than just keeping your site online, it is about being proactive about keeping your data secure from the very start. In order to protect our clients’ server, we start with server hardening, which entails blocking unnecessary ports and minimizing access to the server. Then we’ll install and configure a firewall, anti-spam and anti-virus protection, Brute Force Protection, and intrusion prevention, which works to stop false login attempts. In addition, our servers are deployed with a set of comprehensive security tools. We proactively update and respond to new threats and vulnerabilities and perform regular security audits.
The best defense is a good offense, and a good defense is securing a server is to be proactive; we act in advance to thwart off most of the threats before they become a problem.
If you have questions or you’d like to find out what hosting and security options are available to you, contact us today!