Did you know that in the first 6 months of 2019 data breaches led to the exposure of more than 4 billion personal records?
Personal data has become one of the hottest topics in the last 10 years. The media has published details of many large breaches. Governments have followed up with strict government legislation.
This means that in 2020, companies have to have higher standards than ever regarding their data storage and usage.
If you want to ensure that your security tech is meeting your needs, what can you do? Why not take a few minutes to read our in-depth article to find out.
Secure Your Server room
When securing your physical network, your first priority is your server room. This has the most sensitive equipment. It is also the junction point of multiple devices. It is basically the place where criminals can do the most damage.
Ensure you apply basic principles such as strong locks on each door and a solid keyholder policy. You may have more than network equipment in the vicinity of your server room. This could include security and other safety junctions. Ensure that you secure these by using a FireLite panel or similar protection for sensitive devices.
These measures will prevent easy access to the most sensitive areas of your physical network. However, you may need to take further steps.
Monitor Your Physical Network Devices 24/7
The value of your server room is so high that it will be a priority for any potential attackers. This is true both for physical and cyber attacks.
As part of your server room security defenses, you will likely need to monitor access to the area around your server room. This will help you to identify any potential individuals with bad intentions.
Security cameras will also act as a deterrent against entry to the server room by opportunistic local criminals.
Cameras can also play another crucial role. In the event of a data breach, you may be able to prove the time of the breach and the location. By means of your surveillance cameras, you may be able to prove the identity of your attacker.
Cameras work well but there may be another step that can help you identify entrants to your server room.
Monitor Entry and Exit
Every mid to large size company should be able to establish levels of access that restrict and record access in their physical building.
Each worker should be able to have access to the areas of the building that they need in order to be able to accomplish their work. High-level board or management personnel will likely have general access. However, very few will be able to reach the sensitive areas that hold network equipment.
An IT worker, particularly one who works regularly on your company network will need access to most locations. However, you should be able to log and record even their actions and times of entry and exit to sensitive locations.
This is as much to prove their whereabouts and innocence in the case of an attack rather than infer a lack of trust.
Install Rack Mount Servers
You can further secure your network equipment within the server room. The most secure way to arrange your network switches is to use Rack-Mount Servers.
These racks hold multiple network switches and you can lock them to prevent unwanted access. When installing them you can actually bolt them directly to the floor. This prevents criminals from removing the entire unit and taking it out of the building.
By means of the three suggestions above, you can secure individual server devices, the server room, and restrict access to the area. However, you may need to do more if you are to physically protect your network.
While your server room is the priority area to secure, any device that you connect to your physical network is a potential weakness. Therefore after securing your server room it is time to turn your attention to your individual workstations.
Companies benefit from applying strict policies to workstations. Any workstation that they connect to the network is a potential opportunity for nefarious individuals. IT departments should quickly remove or disconnect machines when workers will not use them for an extended period.
You can apply physical locks to your hardware to ensure that an individual does not add or remove anything without permission. Some companies go as far as physically blocking USB ports and other computer entry points to ensure that no foreign media or peripherals can be added.
In other cases, you may want to physically attach workstations to the desk or floor. This prevents the removal of computers from the workplace. Individuals could either take them for a quick sale or return them with malware installed.
Portable Tech Policies
While data breaches are often caused by clever individuals or groups that wish to steal money or information. There is an alarming number of data breaches that occur because of human error.
One cause of this may be devices that workers mislay or lose outside of the workplace. Savvy IT companies apply careful policies to prevent this from happening.
Any devices used outside of the workplace should be equipped with encryption software and passwords. This ensures that a person who finds a mislaid device will not be able to access information easily.
In other cases, IT companies may be able to completely manipulate a device remotely. In the case that a worker loses a laptop or tablet, they may be able to locate the device or completely wipe any sensitive information from it.
Optimal Security Tech Advice and Much More
If your company holds sensitive information, you will understand the need for a high standard of security tech for your network. You understand that building your defenses includes both cyber and physical precautions.
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