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Security checklists and audits

It has been recommended to me to have a security audit performed on a Linux server hosted by an outside hosting company. Can you please provide me with a checklist of things to look for? Is it worth hiring an outside company to perform this security audit for me? If so, do you have any recommendations?

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If you aren't aware of what to look for then I recommend getting an outside party to review the server. I can't recommend any companies since I am not based in the U.S., but I would suggest finding someone who is prepared to provide two or three professional references for similar recent activities. For a checklist you can see the answer to this question.

This was first published in August 2006

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