ServerMania Highlights The Danger Posed By Inexperienced Server Administrators

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ServerMania, a leading provider of managed dedicated and cloud server hosting, has warned startups of the risks of using inexperienced server administrators to manage vital infrastructure.

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Rather than muddling through complex server security processes, inexperienced server admins should leverage managed services that provide basic server security at a low cost.

ServerMania, a leading provider of managed dedicated and cloud server hosting, has warned startups of the risks of using inexperienced server administrators to manage vital infrastructure.

The warning comes in response to the discovery of a spam server with a huge cache of email addresses and passwords, many of which were stolen from services with improperly secured servers (as reported by Threatpost on August 30).

Over 80 million email addresses and passwords were stored on the server, which is used to distribute malware spam, namely the Ursnif banking trojan. The records were culled from security breaches at major internet service providers, SaaS companies, and social networks.

As has been shown by British security researcher James Kettle, a substantial subset of the web is vulnerable because inexpert server administrators make easily avoidable errors when configuring servers and architecting networks. ServerMania believes that companies with access to sensitive data have a duty to secure that data.

“While I recognize that early-stage businesses may not have access to experienced server administrators, it’s important to the business and its customers that security is a priority,” explained ServerMania CEO, Kevin Blanchard, “Rather than muddling through complex server security processes, inexperienced server admins should leverage managed services that provide basic server security at a low cost, providing a secure foundation on which companies can build.”

In a competitive marketplace, it’s understandable that resources are focused on building and shipping products, but that can lead to security and privacy best practices being neglected. The lack of attention to security is compounded if a server hosting client has yet to cultivate the organizational expertise to address complex server security issues.

As a managed server hosting provider, ServerMania can help businesses build and maintain secure infrastructure for their applications, allowing founders and developers to focus their attention on growing the business. ServerMania’s security-focused managed services include network configuration, firewall installation and configuration, security hardening, and server security reviews and consultation.

About ServerMania:

ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit https://www.servermania.com/.

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