How Physical Security Measures Protect Business-Critical Data
In the business world, data is king and organizations that effectively utilize data to their advantage reap benefits. Businesses generate huge volumes of data, which propels the growth of repositories exponentially. By 2020, we’re expected to create 40 zettabytes of data according to research from IDC.com. Physical security is fundamental to protecting data center files and repositories.
Demand for electronic physical security solutions escalates as companies seek greater protection for their stored data. Solutions that combine protection, monitoring, and audit functions are integral to assuring business owners their data is safe.
More businesses are hosting applications and storing information in colocation data centers, which have become a preferred alternative to dedicated centers. Safeguarding these facilities against theft or damage of sensitive information and valuable equipment is key.
Guarding Against Threats from Within
Extensive perimeter security solutions are becoming standard at colocation centers, but the biggest security risk often comes from inside. Unauthorized access from within data centers accounts for up to 18 percent of all breaches, costing more than $400 billion annually.
The need for physical security at the rack level is pivotal. These measures must maximize cost efficiencies for data center owners, effectively bar access to unwelcome outsiders, and deliver comprehensive audit trails that provide a clear overview of access to reveal anything irregular or suspect.
Sophisticated electronic visitor management and access systems are replacing traditional security measures, providing fully embedded monitoring and tracking capabilities. Visitor management solutions form part of a fully integrated access control system, bringing dependable access auditing management to the individual rack.
What makes electronic visitor management systems and access solutions so effective is their ability to generate digital signatures to control and monitor access time, provide tracking capabilities for audit trails, and assist compliance with data security standards including PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, European Data Protection and Sarbanes-Oxley.
An Integrated Solution for Rack Security
Physical security solutions enhance rack security by integrating traditional and modern access controls for maximum protection. Physical access can be obtained using a RFID card, pin code, Bluetooth, Near Field Communication or biometric identifications. A manual override key lock allows emergency access to server cabinets and surrounding areas as needed. Even if security is overridden, electronic visitor management systems and access solutions remain operational to track the audit trail and monitor time and rack activity.
If you’re looking for an all-encompassing physical security solution to protect your data, the security specialists at Veristream can help. Call us today at 888-718-0807 to schedule a free demo of our solutions and to learn more about our integrated electronic visitor management and access control system.