With the ongoing threat of hackers, malware, and data breaches still looming over businesses in every industry and operating in all sectors, investment in cybersecurity is at an all-time high and continues to grow.
Research by Gartner points to worldwide spending on cybersecurity to increase by 8.7% to over $124 billion in 2019.1 Still, cybercriminals have continued to carry out successful attacks, hacking into servers, stealing valuable user data, and infecting networks with ransomware.
According to a report by Citigroup, data breaches cost the global economy $1.5 trillion in 2018.2 Losses not only caused by valuable information being stolen and extorted ransoms but also operational disruptions and lost consumer trust.
Security is incredibly important for data centers. Company servers and networks need to be protected, which means good data centers are physically and digitally secure.
Data center security is the combination of physical protocols and virtual technologies used to protect a data center from external threats and attacks carried out by hackers and cybercriminals. The best data centers follow a holistic security policy that can be adapted to the rapidly changing cybercrimes landscape.
Data center physical security encompasses a data center building’s design, layout, and location. Single-purpose buildings located away from major roads are more secure. Physical access into a data center should also be limited with minimal entry points into the building and monitored with surveillance cameras.
Access should only be granted after visitors pass verification and two-factor authentication which can include biometric scanning, personal identity verification (PIV) cards, personal passcodes, and so on. On-location security guards can look out for suspicious activity in real time, improving the protection of the facility.
A data center’s cybersecurity refers to the software and virtual security protocols utilized to prevent cybercriminals from entering its network by bypassing the firewall, cracking passwords, or going through other loopholes.
Data center managers must consider the obvious threats – hacking, malware, spyware, and increasingly popular ransomware attacks. Here are the top cybersecurity must-haves all data centers should maintain to stay secure.
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