Last week, the town of Hillsboro Beach in Florida had its Website hacked (North Miami’s Website was also hacked). When the site was viewed, the Iranian flag, a photo of the country along with other defacements were present.
According to FoxNews.com, the administrators for the Website were unable to remove the images. Additionally the town is unable to disable the server, if they do all email with town government will cease.
Many new companies we are called into to perform network audits and assessments on are in the same situation. They often don’t realize the implications of hosting their own Website and email. It’s the “all your eggs are in one basket” syndrome.
While some businesses think why should they pay for hosting and email when they can get it for free, forgetting the fact that there is no free lunch. This becomes a major issue when vulnerability is discovered and cost to remedy are typically not cheap, cancelling out any savings the business thought they had and causing loss of services.
Fortunately solutions to this are simple; all it takes is pre-planning and the willingness to invest a small amount in IT.
This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.