Data centers are centralized locations housing computing and networking equipment, which is also known as information and communications technology (ICT) equipment and network infrastructure. Industrial facilities with on premise data centers need to secure the hardware and software within them. Data centers are complex and to protect them, security components must be considered separately but at the same time follow one holistic security policy. Security can be divided into physical and software security.
- Physical security is the protection of people, property, and assets, such as hardware, software, network, and data, from natural disasters, burglary, theft, terrorism, and other events that could cause damage or loss to an enterprise or institution.
- Software security involves techniques to prevent unauthorized access to the data stored on the servers. Because new malicious software (malware) is being developed year after year to break the various firewalls protecting the data, security techniques need to be upgraded periodically.
A data center building’s most obvious security characteristics are related to design and layout. The building itself may be designed as a single-purpose or multipurpose unit, the latter of which operates as a shared space and may house businesses unrelated to the data center. A data center building is usually built away from major roads in order to establish buffer zones made up of a combination of landscaping and crash-proof barriers. “Layers” of a data center are often referenced in relation to security structure. Each layer represents the security steps needed to pass through to the next layer.
Access into a data center facility is fairly limited. Most do not have exterior windows and relatively few entry points. Security guards inside the building monitor for suspicious activity using footage from surveillance cameras installed along the outside perimeter. Visitors may use two-factor authentication to enter the building, including scanning personal identity verification (PIV) cards and entering a personal passcode. Employee badge readers and biometric systems, such as fingerprint readers, iris scanners and facial recognition, may also be used to permit entry.
It doesn’t matter what your data centre is supporting, a secure environment for its hardware and the data are vital. The security system should tailored to your organisation needs. Down time within a data center environments will inevitably be the result of a breach in security and human intervention, thus, data center security is paramount. By limiting access to these environments, managers and operators reduce risks from both internal and external sources. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ to data center security and the chosen systems should be tailored to your own organizations’ needs and requirements. All of our data center security solutions are designed and installed with full certification, ensuring your data center is fully protected.
IDCS designs, supplies, and installs the best data center security solutions to the latest industry standards and regulations, and our preferred security solutions include the very latest in technology such as Bio-Metric finger print and iris readers for access control and video motion detection for our CCTV security solutions.