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

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

07th January 2020

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.