Why should I need the services of a Managed Server Security Service?

Web servers and website administrators are always under the constant threat of website attacks and it is common knowledge that the cost of cleaning up compromised servers, of restoring data and of migrations could cost to thousands of dollars. But one thing that would be hard to equate in monetary terms is a tarnished reputation resulting to loss clients and of would be clients shunning your services.

Most basic security measures in place today, like the firewall, is not strong enough to protect your website against the attacks that are getting more and more sophisticated everyday, it is important that providers be equipped with a package that could extend professional security services to the server. Firewalls, effective as it is, is but a first line of defense in keeping your server secure from attacks, giving you the ability to stop IP addresses but it has no power to protect your server once it has penetrated your firewall posing as a daily website visitor. It is this very reason why managed servers should have the services of a managed server security service.

How does a Managed Server Security Service work?

Some companies, like the IBM for example, has offered a security procedure that is recognized by The Center for Internet Security (CIS) as among the best practices for internet security. This is how their procedure works:

  • First, the company will define the role-based security model of your server and identify other regulatory and industry compliance concerns;
  • They will then define the Operating System and application patching schedules while also defining your virus scanning schedules and anti-virus exclusions.
  • The company then defines your security-hardening procedures and the firewall profiles that are specific to your own business needs;
  • A detailed plan on security, change management and reporting plan will then be prepared;
  • Your website’s security profile will then be regularly reviewed for specific threats and they will provide you with the necessary specific security recommendations.

What features should I look for in a Managed Server Security Service?

There are four basic features that website owners and web server administrator should look for in a Managed Server Security Service. These are:

  • A Daemon that constantly monitors the file integrity – A daemon is a computer program that runs as a background process, which means it runs without the control of the interactive user. The file integrity monitor daemon does daily audits against your web server and is designed to search for old and new rootkits that targets most applications. This would only be very beneficial if a team is available on demand to address any rootkit issue incidents
  • Access control and Management – The security service should have a solution that allows them access to the server level in order to configure and apply IP control. This solution should ensure that only appropriate and authorized access points are allowed through specific, security defined IPs and ports.
  • An activity tracking solution – Security services should be able to track activity and understand what is going on and by whom the activity is done. The tracking activity should be entered into a log that should include activities in all access points, changes in the file and in the commands, as well as a log of who accessed the website. This correlated log should be able to paint a complete picture of your server 24/7 x 365.
  • Security Consultation – It is not enough that appropriate solutions are installed in the server, as there are issues that are better understood by trained professionals. It is necessary that a professional security consultation be held every once in a while to help audit and asses the website environment, apply hardening measures if necessary and assist in the configuration process.

How much does Managed Server Security Service Cost?

Pricing for Managed Server Security Service depends upon the number of sites that the server provides. Price for a single service usually starts at somewhere below $100 a year. However, this amount will rise accordingly as the number of websites increase.