Host Hardening for Website Security, Secure Intranet, eCommerce Security Austin - Clarity Ventures


 

What is Host Hardening?

host hardening for secure ecommerceHost hardening is the process of making your computer system secure by reducing its surface of vulnerability and locking down its configuration system as much as possible. This means removing unnecessary hardware that may be vulnerable to attack, including extraneous usernames and log-ins. Other hardening tactics include closing network ports and setting up firewalls. No out-of-the-box system can provide the necessary host hardening services, which means this is a manual process. However, it’s worth the time to customize your system. Most systems require a great deal of security on top of their out-of-the-box functioning, and maintaining the integrity of your data is essential to successful business integration.

Host Hardening and PCI/DSS Compliance

If your website performs credit card transactions, it is especially important to harden your host system. PCI DSS compliance is the standard by which your site is measured to make sure it can handle secure transactions and data. Hardening for PCI/DSS compliance means taking measures to make ensure credit card transactions are secure, such as encrypting a customer’s credit card number. This also reduces your company’s risk of liability by securing your servers against potential threats. Because increased security can sometimes diminish usability for a customers, your eCommerce business will want to seek a balanced solution.

Clarity has extensive experience in configuring your system’s security settings in a way that both reduces attack and makes your website compliant with PCI/DSS security standards.

 

Other Security Considerations

There are a variety of other security concerns that host hardening addresses. This include making sure unused user accounts or services are disabled, limiting ip access to certain services, installing intruder detection systems, and making sure that if you have to run high-risk services, they are in a well-controlled environment. Clarity has extensive experience in configuring your system’s security settings in a way that both reduces attack and makes your website compliant with PCI/DSS security standards. Ask us today about what we can do to help your business maintain its data integrity and establish customer trust.