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Securing Your Servers: Best Practices for Server Security Audit

Updated: Jun 29

Server security is a crucial aspect of IT infrastructure that must be taken seriously. All servers have vulnerabilities right out of the box, making them an easy target for hackers and cybercriminals. Servers have additional ports that attackers can exploit to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data. USB ports are particularly vulnerable because they can be used on any device without hindrance.

To prevent unauthorized access to servers, it is important to have some locking apparatus on the front of a server. Faceplates attached via a locked key prevent access to the front of our servers and storage. Most servers have a bar that locks on both ends, and each individual drive locks. Additionally, it is essential to use a Bit Locker drive encryption method to prevent data access outside of the physical server.

The operating system (OS) itself is also insecure, regardless of whether it is Linux or Windows-based. A layer of software protection is necessary to safeguard against malware, virus attacks, and other threats. At Cloud Guru IT, we install security software as part of our installation procedure, including user account control, turning off Cortana, telemetry, and customized privacy settings, enabling Windows firewall, fine-tuning antivirus, enabling encryption, establishing VPN agents, and utilizing mobile device management, an SSO IDP for user account management, a secondary admin account via separate credentials, segmentation of duties, and password manager.

To ensure that servers are fully secure, Network Administrators must have a plan to protect the computer by scheduling regular maintenance on each computer node. Our maintenance is scheduled automatically through our mobile device manager and includes checking logs, clearing temp files, checking the registry, ensuring antivirus and OS updates, reboots, checking physical disks, checking and clearing logs, and general cleaning. Regular maintenance is crucial to ensuring that servers are operating efficiently and that vulnerabilities are minimized.

In conclusion, server security is of utmost importance in protecting sensitive data and ensuring that the IT infrastructure is safe from cyber threats. Taking proactive measures such as locking apparatus, encryption, and software protection, along with scheduling regular maintenance, can help prevent unauthorized access and minimize vulnerabilities. At Cloud Guru IT, we prioritize server security to ensure our clients' data is always protected.

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