Every server environment is at some point vulnerable and can be faced with a security breach. The question is which measures should you take and how can you detect security breaches. There are, of course, vulnerabilities that can be easily fixed or even prevented, whether they have an internal or external cause. The baseline is to always have corporate networks and data secured. At all times. No exceptions.
Because an environment needs to be monitored at all times, certain loopholes can be avoided. Continuous monitoring is the only way to figure out any omissions in your safeguards and keep the environment in order.
How to make sure your server environment is secure?
The first thing you need to do is to have a security breach prevention plan. This is where you start. Now, have in mind that a server environment is already complex, let alone the security behind your servers, so why not go for less complexity?
Here’s the real kicker:
SysKit tracks all logon events, user activities, applications, services and performance counters, and it gives you an insight of the entire inventory of your server environment. What this monitoring and reporting tool does with such ease is that it can immediately identify potential threats and detect security breaches.
What type of SysKit reports you might find useful to help you detect security breaches? Let’s start with some of the basic things you can do:
- Audit failed logon attempts
- Pinpoint when a certain user has restarted or even shut down their computer
- Track how long Microsoft Windows has been running without a restart
- Monitor any actions and changes done on the file system
- Detect potential hackers from hacking into your corporate network by automatically blocking the IP address of the hacker
How SysKit can help you detect security breaches?
All data for read, write, append and delete file operations are stored in event log reports and can be viewed from a single dashboard-like view for all the servers and all the users on the folders and files you select. For example, if you want to monitor the servers that need to be HIPAA compliant in a medical organization, you can do so by monitoring all file accesses on the specific servers.
Other more specific things SysKit can dig out are history records, which you can browse to find discrepancies. What makes it even better is that you can see the particular user who caused a system malfunction and when they did so. Basically, no employee can pull any nonsense in your environment without you knowing. It cannot be stressed enough why logons, session durations, account domains and source workstation names, as well as IP address, are to be monitored.
In addition, it is becoming more common for employees to work from home or connect to the corporate network after working hours and may wish to see what have they’ve been up to. IP addresses from which there have been more than 5 logon attempts will be blocked for the next 24 hours, and these, possibly malicious, IP addresses are listened on the Blocked IP Addresses report. Visit our How to section to learn more on how to configure the SysKit server to support the Block Malicious IP Address feature.
Let’s do a quick recap! SysKit can help you detect security breaches by updating you with the important data on what’s going on in your server environment – who is accessing which files and when, and which users have deleted, written or appended data to existing or new files.
SysKit offers a 30-day, fully featured trial with a light weight install. Download it now!