Data center security checklists and reasons to keep data center security top of mind at all times in 2019 and beyond.
An Ounce of Prevention…
If 2018 proved anything, it’s that cyber criminals don’t ever really go away, they just change tactics. While 2017 saw bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ransom attacks, 2018 brought the rise of cryptojacking, the practice of silently installing malware on servers and using their power to mine bitcoin and other digital currency. But just as criminals get smarter, so do those in the business of protecting digital assets. Much like the insurance you pay to protect your facility, the right data center security measures will help protect data. Also critical: put it in place before you ever need it.
Here’s a refresher on the top ways to protect your data center.
Ask Yourself: Who Truly Belongs Here?
To be certain, ransom attacks make the headlines, but crimes are often committed by someone who has visited the data center in person, making physical security a top priority. From security cages to solid partitions to cameras, electronic locks and alarms, there’s no better way to protect your data center than with physical security measures, especially as companies continue to share space with others in colocation facilities.
A few tips for those who visit your data center:
- Have security guards when possible. They can check a visitor’s credentials and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
- Keep logs for all server room visits. Back these up with automated video feed checks for extra security.
- Consider implementing electronic badges to control access to your server room.
Train. Train. Train.
It can’t be said enough. Train your staff regularly and keep them up-to-date on the latest threats to data center security. This can be as simple as an intra company newsletter or a quick standup meeting with staff. More elaborate methods include full training sessions. This combined with security software will go a long way toward preventing an attack.
Monitor all Events
As data centers proliferate and we see the rise of hyperscale facilities, there’s a lot to keep an eye on. Cameras and guards are a good start, but to take it up a notch, consider a Security Information and Event Management system, better known as a SIEM. With a single pane of glass, data center operators can keep an eye on events within the data center and alert to any oddities or unusual activity.
Give System Failures the Old One Two
Simply put, when there’s a system failure, get on it. Develop a plan to address these problems quickly and efficiency – and do so now before a problem develops. Something as simple as an unpatched update can lead to massive headaches and lost revenue.