Looking for a Safer Data Center? Start Here

Posted by Instor on Jun 8, 2017 10:13:00 AM

There's nearly a zero percent chance cyber attacks are going to slow down anytime soon. So, safety and security best practices should be at the top of any data center manager's checklist. Learn how to secure your data with these common sense security tips. 

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Data Center Safety Starts with Planning

With the rise of cyber attacks, security breaches are a big threat to every business. Yet due to hectic schedules and financial resource limitations, data center security often gets ignored. But data center managers have to remind everyone that security is like insurance. It needs to be in place before it is needed. Here is a checklist of items to keep your business ahead of the threat.

Ensure Physical Access Restrictions to the Environment

Hackers often try to gain access to data centers through visiting the facility. So, it is important to secure the physical environment. Although it may seem obvious, it’s worth a reminder that managers should use security guards and surveillance cameras to prevent unauthorized access. Logs for server room visits and automated video feed checks can add an extra layer of security. Most companies use electronic badges to monitor employee access. The electronic badges can be an effective tool to maintain access control and track suspicious behaviors.

Implement a SIEM System

Today’s data centers can grow from a handful to thousands of servers. Monitoring such a large system can be daunting. Implementing a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system with a simple interface can make the task simpler. A SIEM dashboard can alert the security team of irregularities and changes in the data center servers. It also provides:

  • A bird’s-eye view of the infrastructure
  • Centralized monitoring of events and access points
  • Improved reporting capability
  • Transparency across the organization

Regularly Train Staff and End-Users

Training can play a vital role in preventing attacks. The security staff needs to be up-to-date on the latest risks. However, this training should not stop at the security team. Often educating data center end-users can prevent potential threats. For example, a newsletter or a weekly email can inform internal employees of potential phishing scams. A course on software security can help developers build more secure applications that run on the servers. Managers should find ways to keep everyone educated to create a well-informed ecosystem.

Identify and Quickly Address System Failures and Vulnerabilities

According to the broken window theory, a broken window left unfixed in a neighborhood can promote more destructive behaviors. It applies to data centers too. System failures and vulnerabilities should be addressed as soon as possible. Monitoring will help identify the problem. But there needs to be an action plan to address issues with speed and efficiency. Otherwise, unpatched system failures and vulnerabilities can lead to bigger security holes.

Undertake Risk Assessment 

Data centers are vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters. It is not enough to create local backups. Today, most companies use multiple locations to keep their data safe from disasters. Managers should assess the risk factors and create a plan for catastrophic situations. Hiring a third-party security company can provide a more thorough analysis of risk factors.

 Planning and implementing data center security procedures can be time-consuming. But it is an important component of having a reliable IT infrastructure. Ignoring security priorities for short term gains today can lead to huge losses tomorrow. So, an investment in data center security is an investment in the future. Let Instor help you invest in your business’ future with fitups, design, installation, security and other data center needs today.

 

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