3 Physical Security Measures to Safeguard Network Data
Safeguard network data center
As your network data becomes more valuable, protecting it becomes more essential. Securing physical security data networks requires securing the data center in which the network resides.
Below are 3 ways to safeguard your data network center by ensuring the data center’s physical security.
Protect the perimeter
The perimeter area of your organization’s physical data center focuses on keeping unauthorized individuals as far away from the property as possible. Even if your data center is not contained in a standalone facility, all it takes is one vandalized server, one stolen laptop, or one corrupt thumb drive to reveal sensitive information.
Physical security measures ranging from surveillance cameras and intrusion detection systems, to strategic landscaping, barriers, and other physical deterrents designed to hinder unwanted visitors are effective perimeter measures for keeping people from getting too close, either on foot or in a vehicle. Think of your physical perimeter security like a physical “firewall” for your facility.
Control access to the building
Limit facility entrance points if possible. Ideally, you’ll have one main entrance that everyone must use in the same way—such as through a visitor management system sign-in protocol, in view of surveillance cameras installed at the entrance and in the lobby.
If additional exits are required by code, consider installing doors with no exterior handles. These allow for safely exiting the facility, but can’t be opened from the outside. Connect these doors to a loud alarm that sends notifications to security personnel when a potential breach is detected.
Electronic access control measures at facility and data center entrances are a necessity. They allow you to remotely manage authorized individuals who have access to the facility, when, and to which areas. Access control systems can also track everyone who enters the facility and how long they stayed. Visitors and contractors entering the facility beyond the front desk should be required to check in through a visitor management system that requires them to swipe a driver’s license or other approved government ID and receive a temporary visitor ID pass.
Monitor the Entire Facility
Video surveillance cameras can be used at all security levels: the exterior perimeter, at facility and data center entrances, on cages in colocation spaces, on specific rows within the data center, and throughout the facility’s interior. Surveillance footage can be recorded and archived for easy retrieval and review if necessary. You want surveillance equipment that can provide quality images in low-light environments in order to identify anyone entering or exiting the premises, view objects they may be carrying, capture license plate numbers, and apply facial and license plate recognition technology.
Remember, when it comes to protecting your network data center, it doesn’t matter how many service packs you put on your operating system. If the server is vulnerable to physical breaches, your system is not secure. Contact Veristream today to discuss how to integrate visitor management into your secure data storage processes.