Does your Linux server VN need anti-virus?

October 26, 2017

Although many server brands claim that their server VN can be against all odds like malware or virus. But the truth is not!

Linux servers come in many flavors and all of them share a common reputation as being immune from the malwares that plague Windows. It is no surprise that many IT experts wonder whether it is really worth setting up antivirus software on their Linux servers. As it turns out, the answer, more often than not, is yes.

One reason to consider setting up Linux antivirus is that malware for Linux does, actually, exist. It is much less common “in the wild” than Windows malware, but rootkits like the one that targeted the SSHD daemon earlier this year demonstrate that it is a real threat. Do you want to explain to the boss that a mission-critical Vietnam server got trashed as you did not think it was likely to get infected?

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While internal Linux servers have a small threat of exposure from Linux-specific malware, public-facing web servers are a main target. There are around 16000 to 24000 URLs are compromised daily by malicious code. Cyber criminals target vulnerable components of webs, such as control panels (Plesk and cPanel), app environments (PHP), content management systems (WordPress and Joomla) and even the ubiquitous Apache web server. Web servers should therefore always be protected with antivirus software and ideally with a web app firewall as well.

In case a Linux server is not infected, it can still put your users at risk. Linux servers can act the same as carriers, especially when they function as file server in Vietnam or document repositories. Actually, the majority of detections of malware on Linux systems are for Windows malware.

Finally, compliance regulations may simply require you to set up anti-virus software on systems that store or process sensitive data. Failing to set up anti-virus software in these instances may expose your organization to fines or legal liability in the event of data loss.