Server Security: Keeping Your Data Safe

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 25, 2001


By Karl Magsig

By Karl Magsig There are different ways to secure data while it is in storage on your servers. In this case, the security of your data means not only its sanctity -- keeping unwanted people from seeing or accessing it -- but also the integrity of it, ensuring that important information is not destroyed by viruses or lost through a hard drive crash.

There are different ways to secure data while it is in storage on your servers. In this case, the security of your data means not only its sanctity -- keeping unwanted people from seeing or accessing it -- but also the integrity of it, ensuring that important information is not destroyed by viruses or lost through a hard drive crash.

The best and easiest way to keep data safe from the prying eyes of others is through user accounts and access rights. In most client-server networks, users must "log on" to the central servers, identifying themselves to it. They are then given access to specific sections of the data stored there. This is the first line of defense when it comes to securing data. By using accounts and passwords, the sys admin controls who has access to the information on the server and how much of that data they have access to.

Through either malicious intent or carelessness, people who should not have passwords can obtain them. It is always a good idea to change everyones' passwords on a regular basis. While this can be a major undertaking if you have numerous users, it can also save a lot of trouble. It is also important to take the time to ensure that your users know how and why to keep their passwords private. If someone is not aware of the risks involved, he will be more likely to leave a sticky note with the password written on it on his monitor (just so he won't forget). Taking time to educate your users can go a long way toward increasing network security



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