Device Hardening Articles
Read articles from industry experts New Net Technologies to find out about best practices in keeping your IT systems secure.
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TalkTalk has experienced profit losses of nearly fifty percent over the past year, due in part to the steep cost of several data breaches they experienced in just one years’ time.
Background: Defending the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks
In the UK, HM Government’s ‘Cyber Incident Response Scheme’ is closely aligned in intent and purpose to the forthcoming US Cyber Threat Sharing Bill.
For today’s computing platforms, ease of access and openness is essential for web based communications and for lean resourced IT Management teams. This is directly at odds for the increased necessity for comprehensive security measures in a world full of malware, hacking threats and would-be data thieves.
Prevention of security breaches is always seen as the best approach to protecting key data assets. Hardening a server in line with acknowledged best practices in secure configuration is still the most effective means of protecting your Server data. Deriving the right checklist for your Server 2008 estate requires an iterative process, starting with an ‘off the shelf’ hardening checklist and comparing this to your current hardened build standard for Server 2008.
Every organization should have a hardened Windows build standard, a hardened Linux build standard, a hardened SQL Server / Oracle database build standard, a hardened firewall standard etc. However, determining what is an appropriate server hardening policy for your environment will require detailed research of hardening checklists and then an understanding of how this should be applied to your operating systems and applications.
Any information security policy or standard will include a requirement to use a ‘hardened build standard’. The concept of hardening is straightforward enough, but knowing which source of information you should reference for a hardening checklist when there are so many published can be confusing.
Getting your IT Systems compliant can seem like an unmanageable and rather daunting task. With security threats at their peak of sophistication, it’s vitally important that all of your IT assets are hardened and secure.