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How to Secure Servers and Cloud Workloads

How to Secure Servers and Cloud Workloads

Endpoints and users are a huge cyber security risk however companies must ensure that they know how to secure servers and cloud workloads in order to help.

In addition to the endpoints used by users, modern IT infrastructure also includes servers and cloud-based workloads. File servers, virtual machines, cloud workloads, containers, and a combination of these technologies may all be used to perform a range of tasks, from basic file and print servers to mission-critical systems that incorporate physical servers, virtual machines, cloud workloads, and containers. Infrastructure evolves over time, increasing complexity and intricacies, as well as the need for security.

A company may consider extending the endpoint security licenses they already have for endpoints to cover their servers, but by using this approach, the organization may not achieve the best level of security. If you are using the same protection product across all your environments, there is no problem with that, however it could leave you vulnerable to critical vulnerabilities as well.

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It is important to understand that user endpoints and server endpoints have different security requirements.

The endpoints of end users are regularly exposed to threats through websites, email, cloud services, or USB drives, according to Gartner1. Threat actors, on the other hand, use vulnerabilities in software and configuration, lateral movement, stolen employee credentials, and a variety of other methods to attack server workloads. As a result of these differences in how end users and servers are exposed to threats, different security requirements must be implemented for end user endpoints and server workloads.”

There is no doubt that a simple padlock can secure your belongings for an hour or two at the gym, but what about your valuables at home? Would a simple padlock protect them for a longer period? There is no doubt about it. In terms of endpoint security, there is no simple lock that you can use, but it may not always be enough to protect yourself in certain situations. It is important to protect user endpoints and servers from different security threats. It is imperative that some servers and workloads are protected properly to prevent potentially devastating breaches and threats from taking place.

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Cloud workloads require a high level of security and protection.

Irrespective of which cloud service you use, you are exposed to the risk of a few different predators.

There is a need for cloud service providers to integrate a built-in capability for detecting workloads to ensure efficiency and security. To ensure security is automatically configured and deployed as soon as new workloads are created, you are going to need automation and visibility functionality.

Most organizations manage their workloads across multiple servers, virtual data centers, and cloud services to maximize their productivity. It is also not uncommon for some companies to work with multiple cloud service providers depending on their business needs and cost concerns. Having a security solution that supports hybrid and multi-cloud strategies is of the utmost importance as hybrid and multi-cloud strategies are becoming increasingly complex over time. If you want to achieve your business goals, then you should simplify your IT and security operations as much as possible.

There are several capabilities that should be available to you to protect your server workload and your cloud workload:

  1. Linux platforms are supported – Linux is the operating system of choice for most applications. As your infrastructure grows, you need a solution that supports an extensive range of Linux platforms.
  2. The use of virtual patching (using host-based intrusion detection systems/intrusion prevention systems (IDS/IPS)) is crucial to detecting and blocking server vulnerabilities, especially before vendor patches are released.
  3. Endpoint, server, and cloud workload EDR/XDR solution integration – A single solution enables cross-layer correlations and visibility, simplifies IT and security operations, and enhances security.
  4. Integrity monitoring — Detects changes to files, running services, ports, and critical system areas, such as the Windows registry, that indicate suspicious activity. The ability to detect unauthorized changes is a critical component in your server and cloud security strategy because it provides visibility into changes that could indicate the compromise of the system.
  5. Inspection of log files – Collects and examines the log files of the system and applications. You can create and maintain audit trails of administrator activities across heterogeneous environments containing different operating systems and applications.

Therefore, organizations in any industry must have modern security to achieve their goals safely and confidently. Using a security solution that protects user endpoints, servers, and cloud workloads is the best way to ensure a strong security posture without adding complexity.

Detection and response and attack surface management platforms are available for hybrid IT environments. By automating and orchestrating workflows, it can assist in stopping threats and giving you back control of your cyber risk.

Proofpoint explains that attackers employed special encoding of the user email and used hacked legitimate websites to upload their PHP code to decode the email address of a specific user to hide the email address from automatic scanning tools.

As soon as the user’s email address has been decoded, they are forwarded to the actual phishing page, tailored specifically for that target’s business.

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Finding peculiarities to target

Researchers discovered that users with Turkish IP addresses are redirected to a legitimate site instead of being attacked, implying that the campaign is based in Turkey.

In addition, individuals noticed that attackers prioritized “VIP” targets and ignored those lower down in the pyramid when moving to the account takeover phase.

A breach affected 39% of C-level executives, 9% of CEOs and vice presidents, 17% of CFOs, and the remainder of employees who had access to financial assets.

Upon compromise, the threat acts quickly and adds multi-factor authentication via Authenticator App with Notification and Code to maintain persistence.

Increasingly, reverse proxy phishing kits, including EvilProxy in particular, deliver high-quality phishing at dangerous scales while bypassing security measures and account protections.

Until organizations adopt FIDO-based physical keys and increase security awareness, they will not be able to defend against this threat.

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