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    New to hosting

    Hello peeps, Im new to hosting and not to clued up about what im doing...

    Atm i have a server running server 2003 Behind a standard Router with ports disabled other than 80, My question is what is the biggest security issues with hosting websites? and what hardware/ software do I need, Someone said I needed a seperate firewall such as a cisco PIX 501 do I ? and if im not going to be running any mysql etc what is the biggest form of attack (bear in mind i have a wlan consisting of two computers so no overkill solutions that will kill my other two comps)
    thanks greatly,

    hob

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    Hardware based firewalls blocks unauthorized packets in router itself so it will not come to Lan/server, in this situation you can avoid DDOS attacks.

    You can make use of pix or cybergaurd hardware firewalls and that will be an ultimate protection.
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    Shared servers are something you need to be careful with so that users don't upload malicious scripts and tools to compromise your system.

    Keep your box up to date with the latest patches is the most obvious, having a good antivirus scanner always running. People will most likely go after your IIS web server as it has a long history of holes so make sure it's updated, secured and ready to rock.

    I get script kiddies/worms trying IIS holes on my linux boxes running Apache lmao.
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    Im guessing i need a hardware firewall to black list ip's etc, and to see/ bad packets? or is there a way in IIS to view attacks or is this where the firewall comes in?

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    Well the firewall can help minimize attacks before they reach your web server, preventing them from occuring. The firewall is meant to block IPs and port ranges, etc.

    You should get yourself IIS Lockdown and URLScan

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../locktool.mspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...rlscan.mspx?#e

    Read this article about the two of them at SecurityFocus
    http://www.securityfocus.com/infocus/1755
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