Reactive security is no longer practical to stop attackers and leaves your organization vulnerable to data exfiltration that can persist for months. It only takes a few minutes for an attacker to compromise and exfiltrate data, and afterward, your organization is left to perform clean-up.
If you don’t proactively catch threat actors, they could go undetected for months on your network, exfiltrating data silently until you finally contain the threat. An advanced persistent threat (APT) could maintain a presence on your network even when you think it’s contained. Any threat that compromises your system causes monetary loss, potential brand damage, and future legal issues. A better way of cleaning up after a compromise is to put up a better defense and implement proactive security that catches, blocks, and contains threats before they damage your systems. Imunify360 team created an article based on Igor Seletskiy's speech, the CEO of CloudLinux Inc., "Proact, not overreact", keep on reading to learn more about proactive cyber security and watch Igor's speech in the end.
Web host administrators are aware that performance is important for customer satisfaction, but what they don’t know is that performance degradation can be directly related to malware and exploited vulnerabilities on the server. Advanced threats can be difficult to detect, but web hosts must rely on website owners with leased space on the server to stop them. Imunify360 has helped numerous web hosters detect, block, and remediate threats across the entire shared server.
A system administrator (or sysadmin) is perhaps one of the most stressful careers available to an aspiring computer science and information technology student. Sysadmins are typically responsible for network and computer systems, including but not limited to server security. A sysadmin’s job, therefore, is stressful because at any time an organization’s servers may fall victim to cyber attacks.
During the pandemic lockdowns, many businesses went from office work to an at-home workforce. Studies show that a huge uptick in cyber-attacks started in 2020 after pandemic lockdowns, which means that more attackers were scanning and searching for exploits on web servers. A web server with poor security controls, outdated software, misconfigurations, and overall lack of administration could be subject to numerous cyber-attacks and exploits.
The internet contains over 1.7 billion websites, and every one of them is hosted by at least one web server. A web server can host hundreds of sites on one physical machine, but depending on the way it’s hosted, just one hacked website can be the downfall for all sites on the server. Security for web hosters is more important than ever as more customers depend on your cybersecurity best practices and monitoring to find ongoing attacks. Web servers usually host several business sites, which store customer data, so they are common targets for attackers. So, we've put together a list of hosting security best practices and tips essential for web hosting security. This articles covers the following hosting security topics:
Overall, the Linux operating system is very secure, but the applications, tools, and configurations administrators install create risks to the environment. Linux powers 75% of the internet, and it’s installed on 6.64 million web servers. Because Linux powers critical systems around the globe, it’s imperative that administrators take the necessary steps to harden the operating system’s security. Although Linux is inherently secure, several configurations and strategies help harden its defenses and reduce the risk of a compromise. This article goes over the following questions:
The introduction of cPanel in 1996 simplified Linux hosting management, and almost 30 years later it’s still a favorite for website owners and hosters alike. The changes in the Linux operating system, additional distributions, new attack vectors, and discovered vulnerabilities force cPanel developers to release security patches frequently. The cPanel software has gone through several version updates, and each change increases complexity. The added complexity makes it more likely for hackers to find vulnerabilities, but your business can reduce risks by following these best practices to avoid becoming a victim of an exploit. The article goes over tips and tricks on how to keep your cPanel account protected.
For website owners unfamiliar with common malware, having malware on your site that doesn’t cause any obvious issues is seemingly harmless to the site owner. How bad can malware be if it just injects links? If site owners do not understand the repercussions of malware, then they will not take it seriously. It often means that these site owners don’t have the necessary monitoring and malware protection in place to defend sites. For shared hosting providers, this issue can have severe consequences and long-term effects on the server’s reputation and potential profitability. Additionally, read our website hosting security article and learn how to keep your website secure in 2021.
In 2020, approximately one million websites hosted on WordPress were actively targeted by cyber-criminals. Large-scale campaigns are common and your server could easily be compromised without you noticing it. Even when malware is silent and undetectable, it can cause long-term side effects that damage your business reputation, customer retention, revenue, and lead generation from search engines. It’s imperative to business continuity that you detect attacks, mitigate ongoing attacks, and remediate them quickly after they are found.
An unlucky upshot of running your own website or online store is that, sooner or later, hackers will add it to their ‘juicy list of prey’. Once in their list, hackers will continuously scan and probe your site for weaknesses, trying to find a way to further their illicit goals.