Friday, 24 November 2006

Securing the Network: 5

Securing The Network
A Post on Corporate Security Issues for the Non Technical

This post covers:
                Service Packs / Updates
If somebody has physical access to your servers then all further security is completely compromised. Your servers should be located in a secure location, i.e. safe from theft, tampering, fire and flood and ideally accessed only remotely using tools such as Remote Desktop and VNC.

TECH NOTE: VNC (Virtual Network Computing): This is a desktop sharing system ideal for use when attempting to administer a computer that is located inconveniently.

Service Packs / Updates
As with anything else concerning security, the installation of Service Packs and Updates is a compromise.

Install them quickly when released and you may secure your servers from a current threat, however if you have not had time to test the updates then they may cause serious problems on your systems.

Personally I lean towards installing them quickly on machines that may be exposed to the external threat and taking my time on machines that are unlikely to be threatened.

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all." - Theodore Roosevelt

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