As the end of the year approaches, you have probably fallen behind on some of your routine security checks. The holiday season is a busy time for hackers who try to exploit the increased online user activity, especially the activity of holiday shoppers. Sometimes security can cost you money, so it is a good idea to do some type of security audit before the end of the year, allowing you to make to present a clearer picture of the next year’s budget.
Using a vulnerability scanner, you can check your server for abnormalities that would-be attackers might be able to use to launch attacks against your server or those belonging to others. During a check, you may even discover that some vulnerabilities have already been exploited, and this will allow you to neutralize any threats.
Protecting your dedicated server or VPS is an ongoing process, and you should be diligent in locking it down at all times of the year. Still, the end of the year is a great time to do a more thorough check, just to be sure you have not missed something during your normal scans. Then, you can start the new year with confidence knowing that your server is safe and your data is secure.