Access Control and Security

Access Control and Security

When it comes to building a data centre, security should be at the forefront of every project. Not only do you want your IT infrastructure to be protected against virtual attacks, but physical ones too. Natural disasters, intruders and terrorism are very real threats, especially to large organisations, so we’ve put together a list of considerations to make when securing your data centre build.

Surrounding Environment

Whether you’re planning a brand new data centre or moving an existing facility to a new location, researching the surrounding area beforehand is essential. Generally speaking, you’ll want your data centre to be housed away from main buildings and built up areas where nearby hazards could cause problems. Busy roads, residential areas and other businesses can all have an impact on the security of your centre.

Also, be sure to check if the surrounding area has any history of natural disasters like forest fires or flooding, as you’ll want to avoid these areas at all costs. The less attention you draw to your data centre building the better, so any fences, woodland areas or other landscape elements that can help hide your building are a plus point.

Physical Security Features

There are a number of security features that your data centre should make use of. At Secure IT, we offer a full range of security and access products to ensure your facility is as secure as it possibly can be. Among our access control products, we have card-swipe entry systems, FOB keys as well as more complex systems such as Iris Retina Scanners and Biometric Readers.

CCTV systems are also an integral part of every data centre’s security. At Secure IT, our CCTV systems offer 24 hour recorded footage both internally and externally. We also have high definition CCTV security cameras with the ability to record day and night time colour images and thermal imaging. You’ll also want your CCTV cameras to be able to film at 360 degrees to give you a full overview of your data centre.

Protection Against Intruders

Protecting your data centre against intrusion is one of the most important aspects of securing your facility. Make sure you have a locked door policy in place throughout your building in areas that don’t use enhanced security entry systems. Every visitor to the facility should also be screened and shouldn’t be allowed entry without a confirmed appointment with data centre staff.

Similarly, all employees should be background checked to ensure they don’t have any criminal record that may compromise the data centre’s security. Some data centres even go as far as carrying out yearly checks on employees thereafter as well.

What do you see as being the biggest security threat to data centres? Which of the elements above do you see as being most important in protecting data centres from natural disasters, intruders and terrorism?