The FileMaker platform does a great job providing native security features for your organization. While no organization can have too much security, the key is finding a comfort level that best fits your company. I always recommend organizations sit down and really think about one question: What would happen if your data were to be compromised? Once you know the answer you can begin to draft and implement a security policy that is right for your organization.
I offer up my own checklist as a way to guide your security discussions and a reference for protecting your data. Keep in mind most businesses do not implement everything on this list. It is meant as a quick reference to spur discussion and ensure your application is protected.
☐Enable Encryption At Rest, be sure to document password
☐Enable File Access Restrictions in Manage Security
☐Disable automatically opening the file with account credentials
☐Set the minimum required version in File Options
☐Use External Authentication when possible
☐Disable/Remove the default Admin account
☐Consider hiding your files from being shown when hosted
☐Enable disconnecting users from server when idle
☐Disable storing passwords in the Credential Manager
☐Consider requiring a minimum length password for all users
☐Consider requiring users to change their passwords
☐Remove sample file from FileMaker Server
☐Disable unused technologies (XML, PHP, WebDirect)
☐Enable SSL on Server with a custom certificate
☐Enable HTTPS for Progressive Downloads (requires a custom cert)
☐Enable client timeout
☐Disable Installing Plug-ins on Server
☐Consider changing the default ports from 80 and 443 to non-standard ports
☐Restrict admin console access by IP Address
☐Keep FileMaker up-to-date with the latest security patches
☐Block non full access accounts from using FileMaker Pro Advanced
☐Limit plugin usage with Get( InstalledFMPlugins )
☐Use guard clauses to ensure scripts run from correct platform
☐Send credentials via encrypted email using a service like Virtru.com
Watch on Youtube: FileMaker Security : Protect Your Data
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