Threats to Businesses with Unreliable Hosting Providers

Businesses that use the services of unreliable hosting companies are not safe and there are several threats associated with dealing with such providers. Read on to find out what they are, and why you must avoid them.

Threats Posed

In present times, it’s common to see creation and consumption of data everywhere. Almost 72-hours of YouTube video content is uploaded each minute. Irrespective of whether it’s business email, financial transaction, online shopping or a simple post on Facebook, each transaction is recorded and saved creating data. All data content that is being created needs to be stored. Any kind of data misuse or even losing information to malware or viruses is not acceptable. 

Data security and integrity is under continuous risk from external theft efforts and also from data compromising attempts by internal users for personal gains. There are three basic aspects of security of data, including confidentiality (user authentication, data privacy), integrity (security of data), and availability (authoritative use). It’s a difficult challenge for hosting companies to meet all these security standards. 

Client is linked to ​the server, which in turn is linked to the web. Data circulates through many channels in the process and servers are susceptible to virus or malware attacks. Take a look at some of the possible breaches listed below -

A server gets Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) hacks violating firewall; no one can access the server data, including the administrators.

A server is attacked and later used for sending spam ​emails. The email service provider obstructs the specific DNS server. So, all users on this specific server are desisted from sending emails – the legitimate users are also affected. 

These are complicated challenges to hosting providers. However, it’s good that there are few hard-to-violate firewalls that keep this kind of hacks away. It’s evident that reliable hosting providers do not only host data, but also ensure that it’s accessible and secure. 

What Is the Exact Meaning of Threats?

To help readers, understand what exactly threat means, here’s a simple real-life example. Consider an individual who uses a bank locker for keeping his valuables safely. The locker room of a bank usually has several lockers used by many people and it’s the responsibility of the bank to safeguard each locker. They generally follow some pre-defined protocols for safety to make sure that a user can gain access only to his locker and not that of the others. For this, the bank has to implement the best safety measures in its capacity. Do you think an individual will use the services if the bank is not capable of protecting its valuables? Absolutely not! The same is the case with data hosted on the servers of a hosting company

This comparison between the roles of a bank and that of a hosting company shows that it’s important for a hosting company to be highly reliable. 

The physical risk of storing data on the server of a third party, whose security and physical location are not in your control, can be reduced by implementing physical security, restricted access, video surveillance, and biometric access round the clock for safeguarding your data. 

The risk of failure is another big threat to businesses. A server should ideally offer 100% runtime and problems should be solved in real-time without any downtime. This risk can be overcome by having a team of dedicated professionals who can troubleshoot the problems. 

A reliable hosting provider must and should meet all these requirements and expectations of the users. This is what ‘being reliable’ is all about. Your business success and the user experience you offer to your customers greatly depends on the hosting provider you opt for. So, choose a provider based on their infrastructure and the type of support they offer during any contingency and other crucial factors that can make or break the deal.