Are you confident that your critical infrastructure is completely protected from malicious parties – from outside your organization and within? You do not want to ponder this question regarding your vital database. Simply put, your data center is either vulnerable to threats or not.
Your data center is home to one of your company’s most valuable assets: its critical data. This data could include sensitive customer information or vital company projections or plans. Either way, it goes without saying that there are people out there who could profit from gaining access to this sensitive data. The consequences of failing to keep data safe from malicious intruders could be dire; it’s your responsibility to ensure that your organization never has to worry about malicious threats. What determines your level of vulnerability is whether or not you’ve taken steps to protect your data center from the daily threats it faces. This article will discuss two foundational actions for: Access control and surveillance monitoring.
Access Control Technology
An effective access control strategy is the first step toward ensuring a secure data center. While other elements make up a complete security strategy, access control, if done correctly, should allow you to ward off most of the threats facing your data center. Access control is more than locking your data center’s doors at night. To get the best results from access control technology, you must institute a 24/7 locking perimeter that requires a photo ID. This way, you’ll know exactly who enters your data center and when they’re coming through the door.
Using photo ID cards as part of your access control strategy also allows you to restrict access to certain areas based on identity or job role. In addition, ID card access control provides the added benefit of ensuring that legitimate employees with a valid business reason to be in your data center can come and go as they please, with as little hassle as possible.
While access control can help you keep the majority of malicious intruders out of your data center, it’s still important to have surveillance monitoring to make sure you can account for what occurs if there is ever a breach of your perimeter. Modern surveillance systems provide tremendous flexibility, allowing you to monitor live events as they happen and also record them to view again later. Video clips can also be linked to access events, allowing you to provide evidence and physical identification that can help you prosecute if a malicious attack occurs.
Your security infrastructure should also notify your staff about breaches and intrusions as they happen, allowing you to respond immediately and stop the event from causing damage. You can also configure your security notifications to conduct lockdowns in case of a possible security risk. Your lockdowns can be customized to include certain vulnerable parts of your infrastructure or your entire site. Either way, access controls help ensure that your authorized emergency response personnel can still access the lockdown zone to perform their responsibilities without interruptions.
Security Monitoring Keeps Your Data Center Safe
At Miller, we know that a secure data center doesn’t happen by chance. That’s why we give our customers the equipment, strategy, and monitoring they need to build a secure perimeter, conduct ongoing surveillance, and learn about security breaches when they transpire. We have years of experience providing design-build security services for organizations in various industries, including airports, higher education, government, corrections, and more. Our teams can provide everything you need to implement a great security solution for your organization.
Our unique approach to meeting your security needs includes the following:
- Taking the time to understand your exact business needs
- Designing a security solution that can best meet those needs
- Initiating an implementation process that is as efficient and painless as possible
- Providing ongoing proactive support to help you identify and address issues that may interfere with your ongoing business processes
In short, our security teams allow us to offer our customers a great security solution that can ensure ongoing facility uptime, protect against malicious attackers, and help our customers feel confident about their facilities.