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Data center security

Cristina Pizzagalli

January 25, 2017


Decrease Your Data Center Security Risk by Partnering with a Professional Colocation Provider

Mention IT infrastructure security and the risk that immediately springs to mind is cybercrime in the form of hackers, viruses and phishing emails. But what about the physical security of your infrastructure too? Have you considered that as part of your forward-thinking plans?

Even the smallest of in-house server rooms are inevitably secured with a numeric keypad or lock, and they’re already housed within the confines of an organization’s office building.

The bottom line is that as your infrastructure requirements grow and so does your IT estate, physical security considerations become increasingly critical – especially if you are looking to house some or all of that IT estate externally for the first time.

Proven, professional colocation providers have been building data center facilities for a long time. It’s their bread and butter. So you can be sure they know a thing or two about security.

Physical Facility Security

Visit a modern colocation facility and you’ll have to negotiate military-grade key card access systems and biometric scans just to get in the door. That’s because such facilities are multi-tenant and house equipment from many different companies, so strict access control is paramount. Add to this a plethora of CCTV cameras and other surveillance technology, and you’ve got a facility that is even more secure than an in-house offering.

Network Security

Of course, even when physical security is at its highest level, you’ll still want the reassurances that come with a professionally-managed network. Network security, including 24x7x365 expert monitoring by an on-site Network Operations Centre (NOC), persistent health monitoring of all network elements, as well as constant traffic pattern and security threat scanning, allow any anomalies to be investigated proactively. Often resulting in their resolution before any service impact is experienced.

Real-World Attack Prevention

Whether it’s the risk posed by a disgruntled ex-employee, competitive sabotage or another kind of real-world attack, colocation facilities are designed to prevent deliberate acts of vandalism. Physical barriers, reinforced walls and razor wire fences ensure that your equipment remains safe from attacks and theft.

PCI DSS Compliance

If your organization needs to adhere to the stringent security requirements of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS), not just any old colocation provider will do. You will need to select one that is regularly audited by an independent third-party to ensure that your colocation partner is satisfying the infrastructure and administration practices associated with a Level 1 service provider – the highest standard of assurance offered. This guarantees compliance with industry standards, which affords complete peace of mind for you and your customers.

Fire Detection and Control

Colocation facilities feature highly-sophisticated, state-of-the-art fire detection systems. These systems can detect even the slightest hint of fire, such as tiny particles of smoke or gas, and use special chemicals to eliminate the danger, without harming your business critical infrastructure assets. The colocation buildings themselves are also designed to withstand the devastation that fires can cause.

Cage and Cabinet Locks

In addition to everything mentioned above, colocation facilities afford even greater security for their customers’ infrastructure with cabinet and cage locks. If someone miraculously managed to bypass all the other security measures that are in place, they’d still find it difficult to get their hands on your hardware unless they had the keys to your cages and cabinets. This factor also acts as a last-step fail safe, ensuring another colocation customer cannot access your equipment, even by accident if they mistook it for their own.

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