We live in a digital age. This fact makes the data center one of the most critical infrastructures of our modern era. And because data centers house servers that store and manage all of our data (billions of exabytes), a breach of any kind would be devastating – not only to the center itself, but for the hundreds or even thousands of businesses that trust the data center for safe storage. That is why the implementation of effective security measures are so important.
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Security entrances safeguard entry points at facilities across the globe from the risks and liabilities associated with unauthorized entry. However, as these entry solutions become more and more sophisticated, cybersecurity concerns start to develop. Security professionals are seeing the benefits of doors and turnstiles outfitted with IP connectivity, including the acceleration of technical troubleshooting and the gathering of valuable metrics data. However, while the ease of connecting remotely to any entrance in the building is desirable, certain precautions must be taken to ensure both the building and the network are protected.
You’ve probably already done a ton of preparation to harden your organization against breaches. This could include creating firewalls on your network, applying network patches, establishing an information security policy, training your employees not to open phishing emails, implementing strong access control measures, setting up a strong password system, and more. Overall, you are feeling pretty good about your company’s cybersecurity strategies and overall cyber health. With all the work you’ve done, what could you still be missing?
Data centers are highly sensitive areas when it comes to protecting sensitive data. The need to build and secure a ‘gold standard’ facility is top-of-mind for those tasked with the responsibility.Once a thorough and professional risk assessment has been done on the data and equipment, the results will give a good foundation to determine to what extent the facility will need to be physically secured.
A few years ago, a New Jersey teenager sneaked out of his home in the middle of the night and made himself famous overnight. He crawled through a hole in the perimeter fenceline, and made it past a sleeping security officer to go all the way up to the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center. At the top of the building, he took selfies for two hours and posted them on social media. If that young man had been interested in stealing, committing arson, or breaching the company’s IT systems, the situation would have been disastrous. As might be expected, the security officer was fired, the contract security company was under review, and overall security of the building was scrutinized. Unfortunately, security breaches like this happen every day, although not always at such a high profile, and not always reported.