Cloud-based servers offer many benefits that simply cannot be found in other forms of hosting. They are fully customisable, scalable and flexible. They do come with a small set of complications and some security concerns because everything is accessed exclusively across the cloud. You should know about a few ways to protect yourself and your data when using cloud-based servers.
Be Vigilant With Patches and Fixes
Hackers today are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in servers. A potential vulnerability that you can do something about is patching the software or operating system. Patches usually fix security and other problems. Hackers who see the patches can discover the vulnerability and exploit it on servers that have not repaired the problem. You want to be vigilant with patches and fixes especially for the operating system kernel. Install them immediately.
Understand Who Owns the Data
Something that can become confusing with cloud-based servers is ownership of the information stored online. Some hosting services actually retain ownership of part or all of the information that is generated through a server in the cloud. This could allow the provider to access customer names and addresses or emails that were collected through online forms run on the server. The result could be angry customers and harm to your brand. Read through the service agreement with the hosting company so that you fully understand who owns the data on your server before finalising any contracts.
One of your most effective tools when dealing with cloud-based servers is logging. You can enable many types and layers of logging for nearly every part of the server. You want to have logging enabled from the very start. Review the logs every few days to a week. Look for strange activity, error messages or patterns that seem to make no sense. You might be able to discover intruders, undetected attacks or even internal conflicts that create vulnerabilities. If logging is not a basic option with your current server setup, then you can install a variety of third-party programs that will generate detailed logs.
Protect Your Connection
One possible vulnerability to think about is the connection you are using to access the server in the cloud. This could be a problem even when using the most secure and stable cloud server possible. Your end of the connection coming from your computer, business or device might not have the same level of security. You want to have proper firewalls up. Think about using something like a virtual private network to encrypt everything that is sent between you and the server. Try not to use pubic wireless connections when accessing sensitive parts of the server. This will help to protect you and the data on the server.
Cloud-based servers are one of the most secure technologies online today. They are resistant to many types of traditional attacks and have innate internal defences against others. You still need to be cautious with your actions. These tips will help to keep your server safe and secure in the cloud.