Dedicated Server Security: 4 Steps for Protecting Your Data

October 2016

Whether you already have a dedicated server or are thinking about utilizing one for your business or personal needs, security should be your top priority. Dedicated server providers make it easier than ever for you to keep your data and information safe by including features such as DDoS protection and other options. Still, you can take some additional steps to increase security for your dedicated server and protect your data.

Maintain Your Databases

Taking the time to make sure your databases are well maintained and updated as needed is important, regardless of what anybody may tell you. Specifically, you should make sure that your databases are protected against SQL injection. You may also want to delete any unneeded data and cut back on the access that others have to said database. This is especially important if you collect any sensitive information from customers on your site (such as payment information). This is also where certain database administration tools could be helpful.

Update Software Regularly

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to dedicated server security is in failing to keep your software updated. When you use outdated software, it likely doesn’t have the security updates, patches and other protections that you need to keep your information safe. When you receive an alert that a new version of software is available on your dedicated server, it’s in your best interest to go ahead and install it right away. If you put it off, there’s a chance that you’ll forget about it altogether, thus putting your security at risk. Using ReliableSite’s security vulnerabilities scanner is one way to stay updated on any outstanding updates.

Keep Backups of Data

Nobody ever anticipates a security breach or attack causing them to lose important data, but it happens every single day to large and small businesses alike. Don’t take any chances in this regard — make sure that you set up regular data backups for your dedicated server. This way, important data can be saved as a copy in another location, and, in the event of an attack or security compromise, you will at least be able to retrieve that data rather than losing it altogether.

Establish a Chain of Command

Finally, now is also a good time to establish a chain of command within your business and have protocols in place when it comes to handling a data breach or other type of security risk. Specifically, you should know whom to contact, how to reset passwords, and what other steps need to be followed. You may also want to have somebody to prepare a statement for customers if any of their data is compromised.

By following these steps, you can keep your dedicated server as secure as possible. Of course, if you don’t have the time for this in your busy schedule, consider upgrading to a ReliableSite managed hosting option so you have a team of professionals to handle these aspects for you. Contact our team today to get started.