How to secure a fresh Linux virtual private server install


A Linux virtual private server (VPS) is an essential tool for any cyber security analyst, but left unsecured it can quickly be taken over by those with more nefarious intentions. Lets make sure that does not happen. This blog and accompanying video covers a few basic “must do” tasks to configure a secure Linux virtual private server at first boot. Why do we need to secure a new system? Within seconds of it coming online it will be found and attacked. If you want to test this you can leave this system as installed for 24 hours and then check the logs, there will be brute force attempts on ssh at a minimum. You may want to re-deploy the VPS before going any further if you performed this test.

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Setting up a Non-Attributable system on a Linode VPS

Security analyst need a system to perform research on that is non-attributable, i.e. one that cannot be traced back to them or there company. The non-attributable system’s purpose is to keep adversaries from knowing when you are on to them. This article outlines how to setup a Linux VPS on and demonstrates how fast and easy it is to rebuild it with another operating system if needed. 

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