Are you thinking about ordering a new virtual server and wondering about VPS security?
When ordering a server, you will likely be presented an option between a managed and an unmanaged server.
It is important to know the difference between the two when deciding what kind of infrastructure and support you will need.
Here are the main differences between the two and how a managed VPS server can help protect your sensitive data.
24/7/365 Support for Your Server
The main reason to have a managed server versus an unmanaged server is that a managed server gives you access to a support team.
This is incredibly important for security, because managed hosting experts will know exactly how to handle difficult situations and new types of threats.
With Liquid Web, their Managed Support Team is available 24/7/365 via phone, chat, or email to help you with any issues that may arise with your server.”
Whether you need a password reset, a firewall rule implemented, or have a security question, a dedicated support team makes a big difference on your workload. You can simply reach out to the support line and get an expert technician in minutes.
With an unmanaged server, you have no support on your server other than keeping the network maintained. If you have an unmanaged server, plan on doing all of the work needed to maintain your server. You will also need to provide your own technicians to solve any issues that may arise.
Securing Your Server with Updates and Patches
With Managed Hosting, your server gets regular patches and OS updates automatically.
With Liquid Web, their proprietary software keeps your server up-to-date with the latest patches to keep your system secure against hackers. Their systems check the latest patches and install them during the best times for your business, usually after-hours.
Patching is more important than ever as core operating system patches stop hackers from using well-known exploits against your servers. When an exploit is found, operating system updates are issued to patch the exploit and prevent it from being further abused by attackers.
If you are using unmanaged hosting, you will need to install all updates and software patches yourself.
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DDoS Protection and CloudFlare
Liquid Web’s managed servers come with basic DDoS protection.
DDoS, which stands for Distributed Denial of Service, is an attack from hackers in which a server is inundated with packets to the point where the server cannot function.”
DDoS protections prevent these types of attacks from happening and are able to shut them down once they start.
They can do this by detecting abnormal traffic patterns and blocking the packets from hitting the server.
While they cannot stop an attack from happening, they can secure the server in a way that nothing is affected by the attack. Effectively, this prevents Denial of Service attacks!
Liquid Web’s team actively monitors network traffic and is quick to detect potential threats. While you are home sleeping, Liquid Web’s monitoring team watches for unusual traffic patterns and implements rules to protect your server.
With additional features like CloudFlare protection, which can reduce server load as well as prevent DDoS attacks, Liquid Web helps makes sure your servers are safe.
ServerSecure, MAD & Anti Virus Software
Continuing on VPS security, managed hosting can protect you from viruses and other types of hacking attempts. Liquid Web managed hosting includes ServerSecure and MAD to help fend off attacks.
ServerSecurePlus, can be purchased at an additional cost, is an overarching security tool developed by Liquid Web to run malware scans, harden FTP rules, and provide real-time security intelligence. These tools include anti-virus software, vulnerability scans, and email virus filters.
Malicious Activity Detector (MAD), another one of Liquid Web’s security tools, prevents hackers from brute-forcing server passwords by detecting a threshold of failed logins and blocking that IP from accessing the server for a set amount of time.
This effectively stops hackers from using automated software to guess passwords on your webserver to gain illegitimate access.
With unmanaged servers, you won’t get any of these features.
Unmanaged servers are completely do-it-yourself and do not include anti-virus and brute-force detection by default.
This is one of the main reasons to have a managed server as the protection it provides to your server and data is unmatched by unmanaged hosting.
Physical Hardware Upgrades When You Need It
Hardware upgrades are vital to VPS data security.
If your hard drive RAID fails then all of your data is at risk of deletion. Having a dedicated team available to monitor these physical hardware risks is incredibly important to keeping your server safe.
Managed servers will get hardware upgrades automatically at the data center.”
If hardware is failing or becomes very out-of-date, the support team can automatically upgrade these physical components at an appropriate time for you.
Even if you just want to have more RAM added or a bigger hard drive, managed support will be happy to implement these changes.
At Liquid Web, we even provide this service for unmanaged customers, though for many other companies you would have to drive to the data center and implement the changes yourself.
Managed Server-Level Backups
This brings us to another important asset to data security: backups. On a managed web-server you will have backup software available to you to keep regularly, likely daily, backups of your servers files in case something were to happen.
These backups will be stored in the cloud, off of your server so that if something were to happen to your server, you will be able to restore it to your latest restore point quickly and with minimal data loss.
Unmanaged servers do not readily offer backup implementations. This means that you will have to find your own backup solutions to successfully copy data off of your server in a secure fashion to prevent possible data loss in the future.
Managed VPS Security in Review
Unless you have your own fully dedicated technical support team at your organization, it makes a lot of sense to go with Managed Hosting.
Unmanaged hosting can be a lot of work and requires a vast array of technical knowledge to keep data secure. This support must also be available at any time to prevent or stop attacks.
With a dedicated monitoring team, security team, and Windows or Linux general support, Liquid Web supports you every step of the way.