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5 security standards every data center needs

July 06, 2020

5 security standards every data center needs
Data centers are the heart of the entire business world. That means the threat for cyberattacks and data breaches is a near certainty. Threat prevention and mitigation require a host of security strategies and policies to keep attackers at bay and make the data center network as safe as possible.

Here are 5 data center security standards to create a more secure data center:
#1 - Regulate physical access
Managing who enters the physical campus, when they can enter and where they go is the first step to creating a secure data center. That means every entry point must be secured and accounted for, whether it’s with biometric locks or security cameras. Keeping a record of who has access to which areas can prove useful in the event of a breach and as a threat deterrent.
#2 - Logging and documentation
Logs of all entry points and video surveillance files should be available for at least up to 3 months, or even longer if the storage space is available. After breaches, logs are helpful in understanding what went wrong and as a preventative measure to spot vulnerabilities before they’re exploited. A defined documentation policy is also essential to good data center security. Even seemingly mundane activities like deliveries should be accounted for in detail to have a thorough understanding of the network and how it might be exploited.
#3 - Endpoint security
Every device within a data center network is considered an endpoint and needs to be both accounted for and secured. Data centers that lease space need to be prepared in the event a client doesn’t implement adequate security practices on a server, which could pose a threat to the rest of the network. Cyber attackers will exploit any weakness they can find, so data center managers need to make sure they’ve secured all devices on their network.
#4 - Detecting intruders
Unfortunately, breaches are a near certainty for most companies. That’s why intrusion detection is so important. Real-time analysis of a data center network monitors system processes and looks for any unusual activity in the form of advanced persistent threats (APT). Intrusion detection strategy compares the current state of the data center with previous “normal” system activity. Anomalies detected are flagged and investigated further.
#5 - Network segmentation
Classifying all network traffic into different segments based on endpoint identity is a smart way to add another layer of protection at the software level. This means all segments are isolated from one another in separate subnets. Once implemented, such a measure makes enforcing policy much easier because threats are now contained within those subnets and shouldn’t be able to affect other devices or the network at large.
For more information on how data center security standards can safeguard your customers, talk to Ingram Micro’s data center experts. Contact Samuel Alt at samuel.alt@ingrammicro.com or Nick Vermiglio at nick.vermiglio@ingrammicro.com.