Companies go to great lengths to secure information they hold in the cloud, as a recent article from Wall Street & Technologyhighlights for financial services companies in particular.
But what about physical security for data centres holding all that information?
How do you secure the ground to protect the cloud?
This is a huge and very important topic in the security business. So, we’ll look at it over three different blogs, starting with this one and its focus on integrated security systems.
Investments made into protecting data centres cannot be overlooked when it comes to protecting un-told billions of bytes worth untold billions of dollars. This can, and often does, mean deploying a combination of security features that are integrated into an online monitoring system, with full redundancy back-ups for all aspects of the system.
For example, a traditional card access system can include a biometric reader at more critical entry points. As well, a vascular reader at critical entry points can provide an additional security layer to an employee or visitor’s credentials.
The vascular reader is used in combination with Veridin’s traditional proximity card readers.
However, before full access is granted, an authorized individual must present the back of their hand to the reader after presenting their traditional access card. The reader will ‘read’ the vein pattern and unique heat pattern and compare it against a pre-enrolled sample. If acceptable, access is granted to the facility.
Vascular scanners, used in complement to state-of-the-art access control systems and on-site security personnel, go a long way to verifying identity and deterring physical security threats to data centres.
In our next blog we’ll talk about other forms of physical security for data centres. We’ll also profile one of the safest data centres on Earth.