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6 Ways to Ensure Your Data Center Stays Secure

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Modern businesses often rely on the safe operation of their tech-centered backbone. Because high-value projects get funneled into electronically stored information and data, keeping information safe is critical. And since a data center can have everything from customer records to server space, knowing what kind of problems can compromise it is important. To help, we’ve compiled this list of a few simple ways to keep data centers safe.

1. Backup and disaster recovery. A backup and disaster recovery plan is central for any well-run organization. Having one of these in place gives a company something to go off in case a disaster occurs. Setting up a BDR is essential to surviving incidents ranging from weather emergencies to human error to attacks carried out by malicious third parties. How and what it is depends on your company’s needs.

2. Limited center access. While it primarily depends on the data center itself, granting access to only certain employees is a way to maintain security by knowing who can modify the physical storage space. It’s not necessary that a data center have completely restricted access either, especially if room planning is a factor. However, for the sensitive parts of the center, a small approved group of people is appropriate.

3. Network management. Since the daily productivity of a company will likely rely on its network connections, deciding what parts the data center handles can be an additional factor to consider for security. One layer of the network might handle communications while another is used for sensitive data handling. Monitoring the outgoing/incoming traffic allows management to see the types of potential threats to their data and make adjustments as needed.

4. Cloud computing. While prices and infrastructure vary from service to service, it’s worth looking into cloud computing vendors as external providers for data centers. Cloud computing can provide an off-site option for backing up data or running network services. Of course, scrutinizing the security model of a cloud computing service is crucial, so it’s primarily dependent on the third party.

5. Data analysis and records. It’s important to keep manifests of data center records regarding traffic, network activity, access to locations, types of intrusions, and so on. If, for instance, a data center noticed an increasing trend in incoming activity or viral attacks, then taking that information is useful for proper future responses. Understanding the flow of these records better safeguards data centers from other possible threats.

6. Safety standards. Above all, one of the simplest techniques you can use to keep your data center safe is establishing strict policies and standards for who can access what, monitoring, and the right course of action in an emergency. Assuring the basics are covered keeps things running smoothly overall and allows your IT team to focus on higher level issues.

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