A high level of protection is required to safeguard the integrity of private or other sensitive information. Many organizations spare no effort in making sure that colocation data centres remain exclusive and not open to intruders. Online access of such information is also limited to those who are allowed to access it.
The most basic way of preventing access is to have an effective physical security system. By keeping the premises secure, there is little chance of an intruder getting to the servers and other sensitive equipment. People who have no reason to be in the premises are the first to be kept away. Reducing contact with unauthorized persons significantly reduces the chances of unwanted interaction.
An electronic access control system is used to not only deny access to unauthorized persons, but to also keep a record of those who get in. By using electronic tokens like swipe cards, the system logs in every action performed by all users. The cards can also be used to deny access to more sensitive areas. This is done in a bid to reduce further the personnel who actually have permission to reach sensitive locations.
A well designed security mechanism eases the movement of authorized persons within the premises. Guests do not get the chance to move so freely due to the risks involved. Each guest is escorted in and out of the premises by a security guard. Even those who visit for an extended time, like contractors are not exempted. Such measures ensures that someone with inappropriate plans gets no time to execute them.
Having security guards escort visitors is an effective strategy. This however works even better when a closed circuit television system is implemented to complement it. Having visual security reduces even more the chances of a person impersonating another to gain entry into a sensitive area. Since the images are stored for some time after they are captured, they can be referred to in the future.
More advanced mechanisms are put in place to keep the information secure from online threats. By using modern and updated security software, only those who have the right access levels are allowed to connect. Without proper security, hackers can find loopholes in the system and exploit them to get in. By keeping all software updated and properly configured, such incidences are greatly reduced if not properly eliminated.
Power is an important component in the whole setup. A reliable supply is needed to keep the premises functioning as required. More than one power supply system is required to reduce reliance on only one source. Such protection comes in handy when a failure occurs. The second supply takes over hence averting an interruption in service delivery. Green energy has gained preference in recent years since it is more environment friendly.
Colocation data centres require a comprehensive security mechanism to ensure that the integrity of all information is maintained. Physical security provides the most basic mechanism of keeping intruders away. Sophisticated electronic systems provide a more advanced layer of regulating access. Intruders are kept out, while the regular personnel are monitored and regulated as well. Such systems also keep records of all occurrences to aid in future plans.