Just over 37% of cyber-attacks are identified directly on your IT servers, making them the most likely place to distinguish an attack within your organisation. That’s one of the most concerning stats taken from a recent survey from around 3000 IT managers around the globe.

 

Why are servers so tempting for Cyber Attackers?

1. Servers are very high in value

Servers very often contain an organisation’s most valuable data. For example, personally identifiable information such as employee and customer records could be stolen if they’re not professionally secured on the server.

Regulations, such as the strongly introduced GDPR that protects EU citizens’ data, encourages significant fines for non-compliance. Attackers know this knowledge and will threaten to publish sensitive client data if their costly demands are not met in due course.

2. Server downtime is remarkably costly
Servers are the IT motherboard of most Enterprises and are crucial to their day-to-day functioning. Unforeseen downtime can seriously impact productivity by denying access to important files or communication tools such as Microsoft Teams. Ransomware attacks can cause businesses to grind to a standstill unless a costly ransom is paid.

Instances, where a Business is reliant on servers for commercial function downtime, can be very severe.

3. Servers are a perfect place to start an assault
Servers are normally strongly connected to an organisation’s network. They are also online and operating every day of the year, which makes them an ideal platform for launching further attacks and looking for weak spots to exploit across the entire network. If you can’t identify a server that’s being held hostage, the gates to your IT stronghold could be wide open to threats from all over the world.

So what can be done in order to secure your important servers? The answer is in the right combination of advanced protection, visibility with powerful tools like Endpoint Detection and Response and server-specific features such as File Integrity Monitoring.

 

Want to get the best solution for your business?

At iTeam, we take a security-first approach to technology – ensuring our client’s systems are best protected.

If you have any concerns, questions or simply want to explore how to better secure your business, please do get in touch with the team for a FREE demonstration, consultation to explore how exposed your business might actually be and identify actions to take.

To book a consultation or to arrange a further discussion, please get in touch via our form below, call 03330 507 690 or email Chris on cwatson@iteam.co.uk.

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