Network & Server Security

Network/Server SecuritySecurity relating to computers and networks has always been a concern for IT managers tending to Enterprise-class operations (especially network security). Network security is crucial for business world. In the absence of proper network security, businesses might not be able to avoid data loss, theft, and sabotage. That is why many entrepreneurs often consider network automation. Not only can it help boost the IT infrastructure’s ability to scale, but it can also run complex analyses based on inputs from various devices within a network to find potential threats. However, though network automation has been in the news for years, and its value would seem compelling, it is difficult to incorporate it into the daily routines. Therefore, knowing their organization’s network maturity baseline and how to begin automating (interested parties can learn more about this by reading up on blogs like could prove to be useful for entrepreneurs who are on the lookout for network security solutions. Remember that losing data can equate to losing money, clients, and time.

Anyway, sometimes, even after providing all their efforts (entrepreneurs’) to keep their networks free from intruders – be it a hacker, a worm, a trojan, or a virus – the biggest security risk to these systems is most often the users themselves. Over time, more and more businesses have started to depend on Technology and their hardware infrastructure, for their daily operations, and as these aspects of a business have become more critical, these hackers, worms, and trojans have become more targeted, again, typically focusing on the users. Instead of coming from the 13-year-old computer aficionado looking for some fun and fame, organized teams have been setup with a specific target, which, more often than not, is data.

In the last year, security flaws or breaches at large corporations have resulted in individuals being at-risk. Consumer information, from search results to personal credit card and debit card numbers, has been compromised; sometimes it’s a simple (albeit costly) mistake from an individual, but with multi-national corporations and millions of dollars potentially at stake, insider breaches are also a concern. But what does this mean for the average business?

All companies with sensitive data need to be aware that they are a target. Unless the proper steps are taken to ensure that your networks are secure, your data and your systems will be susceptible to attacks. The average webmaster or designated ‘IT guy’ in the company will not have the ability to maintain this level of security, and these types of services may require an outside resource to perform security audits on your systems. This might be possible if you’ve got an executive cyber security protection done for all the systems. It’s also important to note the differences between network and server security.

For those that take advantage of co-location or a hosted server from companies like Superb, network security isn’t the issue; instead, keeping up-to-date with patches and updates for the server’s operating system and maintaining solid, secure coding practices is key to preventing unauthorized access. To help prevent unnecessary risk, we (the Superb Team) are putting together an unofficial checklist for self-managed servers, but it is definitely recommended that a professional review your server security regularly.