Physical Security in the Data Center
Reasons to focus on network-related security in your data center are already clear, but a threat to data centers definitely exists through physical means as well as network-based hackers, and to achieve premium security all these threats must be addressed sufficiently.
According to a security firm which tests data centers’ resistance to physical assailants, it’s thanks to drop ceilings and raised floors that people who want to get into a data center and have prior knowledge of how data centers are laid out don’t have too much trouble finding their way in. Lock-picking is an age-old technique still popular today, and it enables intruders to enter facilities and potentially find their way into critical areas.
Posing as a valid visitor is another successful trick. Someone who seems to have a specific purpose entering, like a delivery person, is less likely to be questioned by staff.
There are ways to address these dangers – like putting up sheetrock in raised floor gaps, or using advanced types of locks. It’s essential to have a closely-watched and thoroughly-prepared system for entry into a facility. These solutions still leave room for trouble, but definitely help.
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