Many companies now store their data in secure data centers, and for good reason. Hackers are constantly on the hunt to steal or ransom data. So much so that there have been at least 40,650 data hacks since the beginning of 2010, according to the cybersecurity firm Risk Based Security. Data centers protect a client’s data behind layers of security and ensure that data is available in an efficient manner to their clients. These layers can include security keys, passcodes, fobs, and pin numbers. But the most secure and cutting-edge form of access control is biometric protection.

Here is the role biometrics play in protecting your data.

What is a Biometric Access Control System?

Data centers use layers of access controls to protect clients’ data. These layers of security come in three types: 

The first uses what a person has on them. Think keycards, fobs, and ID cards.

The second uses what they know. Think keycodes, passwords, and PIN numbers.

The third uses who they are. Think fingerprints, face recognition, and eye scans. Another description for this third way is a biometric access layer.

Why is Biometric Security Better Than Traditional Security Measures?

Traditional access systems rely on objects or knowledge that can be stolen, lost, or otherwise compromised. For example, an employee can leave his fob at a coffee shop, or someone can pickpocket him at a bar. This is very common. Tile ran a study on lost student ID cards that found that 19% of college students lose their ID every year.

These IDs are expensive to replace, costing anywhere from $5-50 dollars apiece. There are even keycard duplicators you can buy on eBay for $50. That means a hacker doesn’t even have to hold onto a keycard for very long to steal the information and return it before an employee knows it’s gone.

Then there are passcodes. 3Being only information, they can be similarly stolen and even worse, distributed among an infinite number of people.

Both information and physical tokens are also hard to replace. If you suspect one is lost or compromised, you have to move quickly to print new cards or create a new passcode.

In the case of keycards, employees need to switch out the old for the new. For passcodes, they have to forget the old passcode and remember a new one. This leads to more hassle, more expense, and potentially more mistakes, all of which create vulnerabilities. Biometrics avoids these flaws by relying on an individual’s unique traits to permit access, ones that can’t be stolen or shared. They use an employee’s unique biology to determine whether they are allowed into a critical area, and what they’re able to see.

These systems don’t need to be replaced or renewed the same as keycards and passcodes, and they provide for easier permission management. With biometric access control, you can immediately grant or revoke access for individual employees at the stroke of a button. Biometric access control is more secure, refined, and cheaper than other options.

Rack59’s Commitment to Security

Rack59 designed its data center as a mission-critical facility. We provide 7 layers of security, redundant power, flexible space, and unparalleled connectivity.

Our facility is protected by armed security and uses biometric access control, so only Rack59 employees and security are allowed access in addition to our customers.

Learn more about Rack59’s robust security measures here: https://rack59.com/data-center-infrastructure/security/