Protecting Your Data Center

Server rooms and computer areas require special attention

With the heightened focus on cybersecurity threats and network compromise in the wake of the WannaCry global ransomware attacks in May 2017, it’s only natural businesses are on high alert to protect their computer systems. While ransomware attacks occur online, it’s critical for companies to take extra precaution to safeguard their data and server rooms from unauthorized users or environmental issues that could seriously compromise business continuity and cause insurmountable monetary loss.

Data centers are the hub of activity for every business entity today, and include servers, cabling, power supplies, generators, cooling devices and other essentials that keep information flowing and uncompromised. These areas are extra-sensitive and require special consideration to prevent unauthorized entry or issues from environmental challenges, such as excessive heat or high humidity.

What you can do

APL Access & Security has the expertise and technological know-how to provide the right type of added protection and detection for data centers, server rooms and computer bays. To make sure only authorized personnel enter data centers, access control with proximity cards, keypads with personal identification numbers or even biometrics for the highest level of security may be in order. These systems provide further accountability on who accessed the area and at what days and times, and also can document when those who aren’t allowed in the area tried to gain access.

Inside, additional protection can be specified at server racks and may also include various types of access control at caged racks or power supplies. Or, motion detectors can be specified within areas of the room that further verify and track movement, even triggering surveillance cameras for video recording of after-hours activity when personnel are not supposed to be inside. Computer systems located inside these areas may include simple fingerprint verification so only those who are allowed to control these devices can log on.

Critical temperature monitoring and humidity sensors can also be easily deployed and are unobtrusive devices that send email or text message alerts to users or the professional central monitoring station when temperatures or humidity levels exceed or drop below specified thresholds so companies can work proactively to prevent damage to equipment before a loss occurs.

APL Access & Security is your professional consultant on security protection and detection and is available to discuss these and other potential challenges you may have in protecting data centers, server rooms or other sensitive locations. Contact us today at 866-873-2288 for more information.

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