What are the key dangers to data centre security?

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We live in a world that is ever more tech-focused and Cloud-based. This sees many businesses operate online now, and data centres play a crucial role in the modern economy. As data centres house the IT kit which enables businesses to operate online, they are important sites. However, the sensitive data which passes through them daily also makes it critical to secure them. One good way of doing this is to think about the key dangers your data centre might face to combat them.

But just what dangers might these be?

Broken or non-existent security fencing

Any data centre which does not have security fencing at all is taking a real gamble. Installing fencing like this has so many benefits – from the psychological deterrent, it offers to the physical barrier it poses to intruders. It also shows would-be trespassers that you take security seriously. If you do not have perimeter fencing in place, then the opposite message is sent out, and intruders can access your site all too easily. Even if you do have this type of fencing, broken sections can render it ineffective. If you notice any damaged sections of fencing, make sure to get them repaired asap. If this will take some time, it is worth considering temporary fencing to cover the gap in your defences.

Open windows and unlocked doors

One common security danger for any data centre is only focusing on cyber-security. This can see staff forget about physically securing buildings that house IT hardware. If criminals could physically get into these buildings and make off with servers or hard drives, the consequences could be disastrous. Open windows in unoccupied rooms is a widely seen danger, as are doors that get left unlocked. It can also be worth investing in a key-card style system for building access. These can be harder to breach than standard door locks, and so offer extra protection.

Poor lighting on site

Another quite common danger you find for security in data centres is inadequate lighting on-site. Criminals generally prefer to work in the shadows and take cover in poorly lit spaces. This allows them to move about undetected and make it tough to get a clear image of them on CCTV systems. It is therefore sensible to make sure your site is properly lit with motion sensor floodlights.

High-security fencing with Zaun

At Zaun, we know the key role data centres play in the business landscape and how essential securing them is. Our range of high-security perimeter fencing is ideal for this and can help keep out unauthorised intruders. Contact us today on 01902 796699 for more information.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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