These days Data Centres are essential for large enterprises financial institutions, and other corporations to function. Yet, because of the information that data centres house, they often provide the biggest payback for a criminal. Security on the external side of a data center building usually consists of gates, bollards, video surveillance, perimeter detection systems, and alarms like many other corporate buildings. That’s good but what about the inside of the building? it is critical to secure data centres on the inside as it is with other high security corporate buildings.

This is important not only from cyber security breaches, but physical breaches as well. Physical breaches at data centres can result in seriously costly consequences, such as fines, downtime, loss of reputation and business, and other real problems.

As well as the data Centre’s network, there are many physical areas that need to be secured. Consider for instance server rooms and cages, video surveillance and video storage centers, backup power areas, security control centres, biometric security systems, and power and cooling device areas for air conditioners or generators, electricity and telephone supplies. Like all internal areas of security, these matters must be considered. Typical of this kind of detail similarly occurs for alarm and CCTV monitoring centres, were high security levels must be maintained.

There are various systems on the market that can be used but the most effective way to control access to all those areas is by controlling the access points and use of physical keys with a key management system. Using a PIN, biometric scan, or ID card will give chosen employees access to their designated keys, and tell you what key was accessed, However rogue employees can sometimes find ways around these security systems and regular physical ad hoc key audits are also required to account for this.  When you are working with any system daily, you can identify weaknesses in it.  So, employers be aware, complacency In key management can lead to disaster.