Digital and Physical Data Center Security
As cloud storage and computing are becoming further entrenched in the way average technology users go about their day-to-day lives, and as millions of iPhone users purchase the iPhone 7, nearly every one of them will be using iCloud to download all of their contacts, pictures, and contents which will get them back up and running in no time.
But device data isn’t just consumed by a phone’s data plan. Wifi has enabled the IoT to begin taking over people’s homes, allowing users to see nanny cams from work or turn off the lights while on vacation. All of these devices are internet enabled, sending and receiving data from data centers and all could cause a security risk.
According to Henrique Cecci of Gartner Inc., IoT, cloud computing and software defined infrastructure are together causing greater concern when it comes to data center security. In fact, the increased need for security has thrown a wrench into the classic DevOps team.
Many IT companies are beginning to form DevSecOps, or Development, Security and Operations teams. These are teams built on the idea that everyone is responsible for security and share the common goal of “safely distributing security decisions at speed and scale to those who hold the highest level of context without sacrificing the safety required.” If things like securing points of entry are considered from a piece of software’s initial build, then loopholes to gain access to the device and ultimately the data centers’ storage of the devices’ information can be remedied before they are ever a concern.
Concerns about digital points of entry for data centers shouldn’t be overshadowed by things like physical points of entry as well. As data centers become a larger part of our physical world and they become more recognizable to people in the know, physical intrusion and protection need to be taken into account.
There are a few simple steps that can be taken, such as limiting entry points, using security cameras around the building (both internal and external), and using two-factor authentication when entering or leaving the building. Whether data centers are already established or are just being built, they both need to ensure that physical security is just as tight as digital.
When planning on doing business with a data center, no matter if you’re new to large scale data centers, or if you’re doing a relocation or consolidation of your current data, security is absolutely something that must be taken into consideration.
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