06 Feb, 2023

Server-focused security: a checklist for secure information


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Exploitation of flaws has become more frequent and, therefore, it is necessary to ensure data protection on all fronts.

In a world of digital information, information security is imperative to keep any organization protected against potential threats. Exploitation of flaws has become more frequent and, therefore, it is necessary to ensure data protection on all fronts.


The servers used by organizations play a key role in the confidentiality and protection of information. However, an insecure server is vulnerable to attack and could compromise the security of the organization and its associated assets.


As such, server-focused security is one of the elementary factors to consider when thinking about organizational security as a whole. If servers are not properly secured, we could be walking alongside a potential security breach that is about to be exploited.  


Make sure you have the following best practices in place to ensure the protection and security of your servers.



Regular updates and upgrades of software


Constant updates of the software used is one of the keys to information security. Outdated systems have weak points that can be gateways for attacks and information breaches. Manufacturers do much of the vulnerability discovery work and provide recurring updates. Do not neglect this process because it requires a "reboot" or some manual access. If the manufacturer recommends it, you should do it!


Updates and upgrades improve and fix flaws in previous software. As such, outdating the software you have deployed can be a major threat. Make sure you reconcile this good practice with the next step to enhance security.



Automate server monitoring


To ensure that software is constantly updated, automated updates must be in place. This is the most correct practice so that they are not forgotten and so that they are always up to date with the server's provider.  


Automation dispenses with routine tasks, mitigates possible forgetfulness and late updates and ensures permanent updates, without the need for a manual process dependent on human actions.



Back-up your server


Information backups allow data to be secure in times of crisis. Whether by a server failure or an attack, encrypted backups are the solution for restoring lost or damaged data.


Ideally, they should be done in the cloud and, if possible, physically to ensure the security of corporate information.



Use cloud-native systems


The cloud offers great advantages as a solution to data security challenges. On-premise storage can be associated with non-compliance and limited resources, which can result in vulnerabilities.


As such, using cloud systems on the server enhances security, particularly through the use of cloud intelligence in threat detection.


The Microsoft Azure Sentinel solution is a cloud-native system that stands out for information security and response automation. In addition to collecting data, it detects threats, investigates based on AI and automates the protection response, and even allows creating "automation" based on aggregated events.



Implement threat intelligence improvements


The moment a threat to a server occurs, real-time information about the occurrence is fundamental in order to act immediately. Therefore, alarm systems must be implemented on the servers so that, at that precise moment, the threat is notified.


Artificial Intelligence is highly beneficial for identifying suspicious activity, based on cybersecurity best practices. Microsoft Azure Sentinel provides this protection and threat recognition for enterprise security.





Minimize the risk of information leakage and be confident of your data's security by implementing good server security practices.


The more security measures you apply to your server, the safer and more secure your corporate information will be.




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