Data centre perimeter security – why high tech facilities need high tech fencing

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Day-to-day life is becoming increasingly defined by data. This is why data centres are vitally important facilities, and subsequently, their security is a key concern. As a result, companies pour tremendous resources into digital security, creating new solutions to prevent cyber-attacks. However, data centres aren’t only at risk in the digital space – their physical security is also crucial. Here, we discuss the latest developments in data centre perimeter security.

Data centre perimeter security: CCTV, fencing and bollards;

CCTV and other technological solutions

Data is precious – and no one should be able to gain unauthorised access to a data centre. Therefore, data centre security must be robust. A key element is CCTV, which will integrate into the organisation’s digital security strategy. With proper 24-hour vigilance, flexible panning and high-quality recordings, these tools serve as an important deterrent and a surveillance tool. However, companies should also seek to go a step further than traditional CCTV and install laser technology. For example, when installed around a perimeter fence, laser scanners can detect movement and attempted break-ins. A further solution is thermal imaging, which can provide visibility in low light and poor weather.

Perimeter fencing

In the purely physical world, fencing is essential to data centre perimeter security. However, considering the value of data today, a flimsy chain-link fence won’t be up to standard. Instead, companies need to install fencing made from robust, high-tensile strength welded mesh. Constructed without brackets or joins, these panels are designed to be impossible to disassemble and withstand high-impact blows from vehicles. Furthermore, these barriers should be topped with Flexible Topping System (FST) units. These fence toppers are currently the most secure solution on the market as they are designed to move when intruders attempt to climb them.


Finally, data centre security should also include bollards. These short vertical posts are a further deterrent against breach attempts, particularly by vehicles. In addition, some facilities may opt for pop-up bollards, which allow authorised traffic whilst preventing hostile vehicles from colliding with the perimeter fence.

Why you should complement high security with discretion

When it comes to data centre perimeter security, the defences must be robust. However, it’s also important that the facility is discrete. Considering the value of data, data centres mustn’t draw too much attention to themselves. Therefore, many data centres blend naturally into their surroundings without any obvious signage or entrances. Companies should consider this when designing their perimeter security and opt for more modern solutions over traditional physical deterrents like razor wire. For more information about data centre perimeter solutions, contact our team.

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. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. 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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