Protecting Physical Assets in a Colocation Data Center
Data breaches have become an unwanted fact of life for financial institutions. While much of the industry’s attention focuses on data illegally obtained through email phishing scams and network security hacks, the industry faces a significant threat to its physical data centers as well. An ill-intended physical attack on an on-premise data center and the physical IT equipment within can have devastating consequences for the institution.
Fortunately, physical security solutions exist. It’s important to understand how physical breaches occur, why it’s important to stop them, and what you can do about them.
Colocation Data Centers and Physical Breaches
When financial institutions opt to place their computing, storage, and networking equipment in a specialized colocation data center, they realize a variety of benefits. Scalability becomes a simple space-leasing issue. Just as important, colocation facilities offer levels of uptime continuity that most corporate office spaces can not maintain or offer. Can you say that about your institution’s current office space or on premise data center spaces?
Colocation data centers not only lease space for your IT assets but can also offer the staff and expertise to manage your equipment and support your advanced applications & technologies. These outsourced efforts thus help eliminate the need for additional hiring, training, and employee management. It’s all part of the data center’s product offering, and many smart financial institutions are taking advantage of the opportunity.
Many on-premise data centers can carry a risk of a physical breach. The security of IT assets rely on the physical security put in place by the banking or financial institution. If there is a break-in and equipment is stolen or damaged, the integrity of the entire system lies at risk. Off-premise, colocation data centers install cutting-edge, multi-layered physical security measures as part of their operation. This multilayered approach helps to alleviate these potential dangers.
Physical Security Measures for Colocation Data Centers
Modern colocation data centers provide a level of security unmatched by typical on-premise measures. Your institution might expect locked server cabinets and security guards at a colocation facility, but many colocation data centers go beyond these measures, layering several security tools in place to prevent physical access to tenant assets and mission-critical infrastructure.
- Equipment infrastructure, including generators and HVAC chillers that keep your equipment running and cool, are housed safely, often in separate weather hardened and secure mechanical building structures.
- Data center cabinets aren’t just simply locked in modern data centers but are uniquely keyed for access for each specific customer.
- Data equipment cages are often separated and secured by proximity card readers and monitored by CCTV surveillance systems.
- Entry to the facility is granted by placement on a pre-approved customer access list. Entering data center spaces are often only granted via a staff/security escort and most often verified through biometric and card access.
With these types of security measures in place, your equipment and data integrity are kept safe allowing IT teams to focus on daily application and network needs.
Security Inside and Out for Your Financial Institution
It’s always a dreaded, unfortunate situation for a financial institution to tell its customers about security breaches of any kind that may have compromised their data. In addition, a security breach can be quite costly. Why take a chance on losing data, loyal customers, revenue, and your reputation when a complete data center solution may be located right in your own community?
Explore the possibilities of colocation data centers to find out how to physically secure your banking systems.
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