Virtual and Physical Security Collide to Dominate Data Center Security
- By Ginger Hill
- Aug 12, 2015
The primary focus when it comes to data center security is protecting it from cyber and physical attacks. Such a high volume of data is generated, some of which is extremely sensitive, making all types of security a must.
One trend that data centers are seeing is, of course, the cloud and migrating to it in the coming years. Because of this, the security market will see a rise of opportunities in cloud data center security. To be a player in this security niche, it’s important to realize the main components of data center security: hardware including detection and authentication devices, biometric systems and surveillance cameras, software and services, in addition to access control, compliance and data protection.
When it comes to physically protecting data centers, these three methods are recommended:
- Multi-layered authentication: More and more, data center managers are segregating their facility into sections like, visitors, employee and core areas, so each of these areas should require a separate type of authentication for access. Biometrics – iris or fingerprint scanning – can be used to help eliminate the chance of “accidental” access.
- Physical design: Data centers should consider designing their facilities more like warehouses with thick walls, minimal windows and effective HVAC systems, meaning it should be able to protect people inside the facility from biological or chemical attacks by circulating air inside the building.
- Detection devices: Data centers should increase their volume of surveillance cameras, air contamination detectors and vehicle checks.
The goal for cyber security is to be prepared rather than reactive, in other words, plan and prepare for the worst so that if and when the facility is attacked, the reaction will be smooth, quick and effective. The use of perimeter firewalls is helpful in scanning all data, making it able to alert before suspicious data enters into the data center’s internal network.
It looks like security professionals have an exciting niche in which to explore: data center security, both cyber and physical.
Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.