Strengthen physical security to increase the availability of your data center | Knowledge of the data center

The growth of data, driven by streaming, user-generated content, online shopping, and other outcomes of digital transformation, has been well documented. Growth has impacted the data center industry, as well as mergers and acquisitions, rapidly changing regulatory mandates, and ever-changing cyber threats, all of which test availability.

Whether you’re dealing with a physical security breach or a cyberattack, a shutdown can cost your business millions in damages, lost customer contracts, and non-compliance fees. According to the Uptime Institute Breakdown analysis 2022, the consequences and cost of downtime are worsening, with 60% of failures now resulting in at least $100,000 in total losses. They also found that when major failures occur, more than 85% of incidents stem from staff not following procedures or flaws in the processes themselves.

Data centers examine all aspects of the business to reduce downtime. One area that is often overlooked is that of physical security systems. The unification of CCTV, access control, license plate recognition, intrusion detection, etc. on a single platform can centralize security, compliance activities and operations to ensure maximum availability and efficiency.

while youWhile enhanced security solutions are already in use by leading enterprises, governments, and data centers, many others are still working to integrate disparate legacy systems that have been built over time or inherited through consolidation.

Integration is not unification

Bundling separate physical security solutions through integration using software development kits (SDKs) or application programming interface (API) programming is often done superficially. This is where the limits of integration begin to appear. The goal of a security operator is not just access, it is action. They might want to unlock a door where someone is having trouble, for example, or initiate a call with an intercom to check why someone is trying to access a particular area. With an integrated system, data is not centralized, so users always have to switch between systems to take action. With every flip there is a possibility of error.

When systems are truly unified, everyone’s data is integrated into a unified platform. Data is not only presented to users in a transparent way as part of their daily activities, but this information is also analyzed so that only actionable events are brought to the attention of users. Other data is either kept in the background or processed silently through an automated workflow. At this point, information flows smoothly through the solution, maximizing an operator’s attention and effort and reducing human error through automation.

Unification brings all security system components together seamlessly into a single software platform with a single user interface in a way that can dramatically improve physical security management. Additionally, unification can open up a new world of collecting and using actionable business intelligence that can dramatically improve data center operations.

How to Use a Unified Security Platform to Mitigate Risk

It is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to run and manage servers while mitigating cyberattacks and remaining compliant. How do you secure a growing number of assets across multiple sites while staying ahead of new threats and regulations? How do you ensure your security team is operating within regulatory boundaries and how quickly can you share evidence with stakeholders? Here are some of the ways a unified security platform can help you maximize uptime.

Maintain the temperature of your server rooms – Unifying HVAC temperature sensors within your security platform can help you easily monitor and meet your data center cooling requirements.

Digitize your standard operating procedures (SOPs) – Guide your operators’ responses to predefined events and incidents using SOPs. This can help ensure compliance with various regulatory requirements.

Define access rights policies and compliance rules – Allow only people with certain credentials to access your data center by using your security system to manage access rights. These can be awarded based on the role, professional certifications or training of employees, contractors and visitors.

Optimize evidence reports – Save time by securely authorizing access to evidence with a single click. Quickly set user permissions to ensure information is only shared with authorized people.

Modernize security with IP access control – Move from mechanical brass keys to smart key systems and biometrics. Use modern IP-based access control to manage it all. Better secure entrances and exits from restricted areas and easily manage employees, contractors and visitors.

Extend Perimeter Security with ALPR – Know which vehicles are still on your premises with Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology. Get real-time inventory of vehicles on your site and limit batch entry to vehicle license plates on approved lists.

Maximize video coverage – Get a clear picture of incidents and empower your team to respond quickly to threats. Take advantage of the simplicity and convenience of cloud video surveillance to extend coverage to remote sites.

Spot intruders before they enter your perimeter – Use radar, LiDar, fence intrusion detection and video analytics to detect potential intruders and drones beyond the fence.

Managing bandwidth needs while securing your installation and staying compliant can be challenging. Unifying all aspects of your security in a single solution gives teams a holistic view of all locations in your data center and helps them make better, more informed decisions that help reduce downtime. stop. Beginning the process of bringing disparate systems together with a goal of unification, not just integration, allows you to build on existing investments and make changes in a scalable way.

Mark Feder is National Director, Enterprise, at Genetec. Before joining the company in 2007 he was national account manager at a major Canadian security systems integrator.

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