12 Steps to Make Your IT Infrastructure More Secure: Audit Your Servers

server roomIf you want to ensure your IT infrastructure is as secure as possible, you can’t overlook the importance of safeguarding your servers. Earlier in this series, we discussed updating individual security measures like firewalls for your servers. However, you’ll want to take some additional steps to optimize your operations and make sure your servers are truly safe from evolving cybersecurity threats.

Before we delve deeper into server security, you might want to review the steps we’ve gone over so far in our process for making sure your IT infrastructure is safe. If you’re new to this series or would like to go over a previous step, here they are in order.

1. Performing a security audit

2. Creating and enforcing IT security policies

3. Updating your anti-virus solution

4. Updating workstations and servers

5. Guarding your email with a hosted spam solution

6. Implementing a hosted DNS solution

7. Updating your firewall

8. Implementing a backup solution

The importance of server security
Servers are computers or programs that manage access to a central resource or service in your network. If you want to protect your business from cyber criminals while also achieving minimal downtime and operating as efficiently as possible, proper server support and security are crucial.

As part of your efforts to make sure your overall IT infrastructure is as safe as possible from data breaches and cyberattacks, you’ll want to carry out an audit of your servers, similar to how your organization performed a general security audit at the beginning of this process. You’ll need to establish your current level of server security, identify any vulnerabilities, and create an action plan for fixing those weaknesses.

What does auditing the servers truly mean? Consider when you last reviewed the following:

  • User database
  • File folder share permissions
  • Password policies
  • Updates
  • Local firewall
  • Virus protection

You’ll want to go over these aspects and more as part of the audit.

Cloud server concerns
If you have cloud-based servers, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you don’t have to worry about security. Just because the cloud is involved doesn’t mean your servers won’t have vulnerabilities that could open you up to data breaches and cyberattacks.

Although public and private clouds are generally secure, you’ll always take on a certain level of risk when it comes to an environment your company doesn’t own. Make sure that you trust your cloud service providers and check to ensure that they have implemented strong security policies. Additionally, if you need to comply with any industry regulations (e.g., HIPAA), it’s important to make sure that cloud computing providers operate in line with those requirements.

Once you’ve audited your servers, you’ll be one step closer to having achieved an optimal level of IT infrastructure security. If you’d like to learn more about safeguarding your servers, our expert team can answer any questions you might have. Contact us today by calling 877-599-3999 or emailing sales@stratospherenetworks.com.

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