C ounter the growing threat of physical data security

controlling and monitoring access time, and tracking for audit trail purposes, helping to meet growing data security compliance standards including PCI DSS, HIPPA, FISMA, European Data Protection and Sarbanes-Oaxley.

The issue of data security continues to cause concern within industry. Southco, looks at the issue of physical data security for co-located datacentres, introducing electronic access solutions which counter the growing threat of physical security breaches


he important role that datacentres play in modern society is illustrated

by how many are currently being built in every corner of the globe. It is expected that the global datacentre infrastructure management market will grow at a rate of 14.68 per cent between now and 2020, brought about by the huge increase in data volumes, which need to be captured, collated and stored. For an enterprise to build its own

dedicated datacentre, resource, space, and money is needed. As a result, many businesses are hosting applications and storing data in co-located datacentres, which have shared access. In this instance, physical security becomes more important than ever, as businesses work to keep their critical data safe in the event of accidental breaches.

PROTECTING AGAINST THREATS FROM WITHIN Although there are extensive measures in place to secure the perimeter of a co- located datacentre, often the biggest threat to security can come from within. It is not uncommon for people entering these facilities to cause accidental


security breaches. In fact, IBM Research Data states that 45 per cent of breaches occur as a result of unauthorised access, with da ta breaches costing the global industry over $400 billion annually. For co-location providers hosting data

for multiple clients, each server should be secured at cabinet level with access only granted to authorised personnel. There are typically two ways of securing a server, with either a traditional mechanical lock-and-key system solution, or a combination of locks and key codes. Although these mechanisms provide cost effective means of safeguarding the rack, they have limitations. For example, they do not have the capability to track and monitor access, and nor do they provide physical protection of the data. Southco has developed electronic access based solutions to not only provide a comprehensive locking facility, but, by embedding these solutions with monitoring and tracking capabilities, they also help to alleviate unauthorised access and concerns surrounding data security. These electronic access solutions generate digital signatures used for

AN INTEGRATED SOLUTION SOLVES THE ISSUE OF RACK SECURITY Southco’s H3-EM Electronic Locking Swinghandle, for example, has been developed as a security method that can be integrated into new and existing secure server racking facilities. It can use existing lock panel cut-outs, eliminating the need for drilling and cutting. This allows for standardisation of datacentre locks. The device also helps to solve the issue of rack security through the integration of traditional and contemporary access control, giving the racks maximum protection. Physical access can be obtained using an RFID Card, Pin Code combination, Bluetooth, Near Field Communication or Biometric Identifications. Furthermore, the addition of a manual override key lock allows emergency access to the server cabinet and surrounding area. Even in the event that security needs to be overridden, an electronic access solution can still track the audit trail, monitoring time and rack activity. Products such as this have been designed to lead protection efforts against physical security breaches in datacentres all over the world.

ADAPTING TECHNOLOGY TO MEET THE FUTURE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY As datacentre threats continue to increase, solutions like these will become even more in demand, as business owners continue to protect their business critical data from growing physical threats. Therefore, security systems need to become more intelligent and integrated in order to afford business owners peace of mind over the protection of their data. The industry has a growing need for access solutions which combine protection and monitoring functionality with intuitive installation, and Southco is helping to provide this reassurance.

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