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Chapter 4. Securing Your Servers (Lockin... > Where to Start on Your Server Securi...

Where to Start on Your Server Security

Remember that a server is usually the central part of the network, where most of the resources reside, and as such it requires extra protection. If you are not planning to provide your server extra protection or you feel that the server is not at any additional risk, perhaps you are not using it to its full potential (or perhaps you don’t need a server). My experience tells me that almost every server requires additional protection. A server system requires at least as much protection as a workstation system, so a good place to start securing your server system is by doing everything in Chapter 3, Securing Your Computer.

If you have a server, it is safe to assume that you have a network and probably are connected to some form of always-on connection such as DSL or cable. If so, you need border protection of some sort. This can be a personal firewall, a proxy server, or a full-blown firewall. We talked briefly about this in Chapter 3, but I’ll define a few more things now.


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