How to ensure your data centre is secure


When most businesses think about a secure data centre, they immediately think of firewalls, encryption, and other cybersecurity measures. But physical security is just as important for data centres. All the cybersecurity in the world won’t help you if the building housing your data servers isn’t secured.

Below are some critical physical security measures that every data centre should be employing.

Perimeter security

Like any other sensitive site, data centres need to have a secure perimeter. High-security perimeter fencing will immediately improve data centre security by making it difficult to access the building without using the security gate. It is recommended that for any data centre perimeter that a tested, rated and approved perimeter fencing and gate system is specified to keep the data centre safe and secure and provide your client with peace of mind that high standards in manufacturing are kept. These rated and approved fencing systems are typically independently tested by CPNI, LPS1175, PAS 68 or IWA14

Physical access control

The only people who should have physical access to your data centre and servers should be those with a genuine need. Digital access control systems require security codes, keycards, or other forms of authentication to ensure that only authorised personnel can access restricted areas. They also make it easy to monitor where people are and maintain records of who has accessed each area of your data centre.

Penetration testing

Penetration testing is the most reliable way of auditing digital and physical security. Put, pen-testing involves trying to breach your own defences. If you manage to defeat the security measures in place, you will know where the gaps are and where additional measures need to be introduced.

Keeping a data centre secure is about more than just deterring hackers. The location itself needs to be protected to maintain the security and integrity of any data stored in a data centre. Fortunately, many of the most effective security options are simple and cost-efficient.

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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