System Hardening

System Hardening With TOPIA

Cybercriminals continually develop new and more sophisticated methods and tools to obtain network access. System hardening solutions like TOPIA make protecting your hardware, networks, and sensitive data easier.

 

TOPIA guarantees system hardening criteria that demonstrate a persistent commitment to discovering, shutting down, and limiting vulnerabilities.

TOPIA guarantees system hardening criteria that demonstrate a persistent commitment to discovering, shutting down, and limiting vulnerabilities.

What Is System Hardening?

System hardening is a term used to describe the various techniques used to lower the attack surface of computer systems, including software and data systems. System hardening aims to reduce the system’s “threat profile” or weak areas. When a company audits its systems, it seeks to identify and remediate any potential security flaws, emphasizing the modification of default configuration and settings to make them safer.

 

System hardening aims to eradicate as many security vulnerabilities as possible. By reducing the attack surface, cyberattackers have fewer entry points or possible entrance points for the bad actors.

Defining an attack surface is a matter of taking into account all possible vulnerabilities and backdoors in technology. Vulnerabilities such as the following are typical:

    Inaccessible files with predefined passwords or log in credentials
    Irregularities in the software and firmware
    Data that has not been encrypted
    Infrastructure equipment that is not correctly setup
    The inability to configure user permissions correctly
    Incorrectly configured security tools

How Does System Hardening Work?

Hardening your systems requires an organized approach to assessing, identifying, closing, and stopping any security vulnerabilities in your firm. System hardening activities include, but are not limited to:

  Application hardening
  Database hardening
  Operating system hardening
  Network hardening
  Server hardening

System hardening principles are universal, but specific tools and procedures differ depending on what type of system hardening you are undertaking. Systems must be hardened throughout their lifecycles, from when they are installed to when they are decommissioned. Mandates like DSS PCI and HIPAA call for the hardening of systems.

System Hardening Standards and Best Practices

Your company should follow numerous necessary measures and principles for system or server hardening. Using our streamlined vulnerable management software, you can take advantage of the following best practices:

Audit your existing systems: Examine your present technology and evaluate solutions using technologies like penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and configuration management. Using NIST, CIS, Microsoft, and other industry standards can help you comply with cybersecurity regulations.

Prioritize hardening systems: All of your systems do not need to be hardened simultaneously. Plan and strategize to first address the most critical faults in your technological ecosystem.

Patch vulnerabilities immediately: Maintain an active event response program by identifying and patching vulnerabilities.

Network hardening: Build a network hardening plan that comprises a firewall with well-tested rules, secure remote clients and access points, disable unneeded programs, and encrypt all network activity.

Deactivate or remove unused accounts and permissions: Remove unnecessary features, restrict access, alter default passwords, and impose strong authentication.

Database hardening: Create admin restrictions, validate apps and users, encrypt data, enforce strong passwords, and delete unused accounts.

Operating system hardening: restricts permissions, encrypts local storage, reports all failures, warnings, and events, and enables privileged user controls.

Application hardening: While developing and implementing security hardening best practices takes time, but they pay dividends for your firm. Your systems run more smoothly once old apps, software, and permissions are eliminated.

Hardening servers: All servers must be housed in a secure data center, and that hardening tests aren’t performed on live production machines. Keep unneeded software off a server, set up superuser and administrative shares correctly, and limit privileges and access to servers according to the principle of least privilege.

System Hardening Benefits With TOPIA

Continuous effort is recovered through systems hardening, but the assiduity pays dividends across your firm via:

Ready To Enhance The Security Of Servers In A Cloud-First Data Center Environment?

TOPIA’s system hardening solutions are just the tip of the iceberg. It is a fully-featured cloud-based vulnerability management platform that allows security teams to identify and resolve security breaches, threats, and risks comprehensively and straightforwardly.
TOPIA’s other vulnerability management advantages include virtual patching, vulnerability scanning, vulnerability management, and vulnerability remediation.

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