Data centers provide one of the most essential services for any business today securing and protecting their data and any cloud services they utilize. Providing the highest levels of security is critical to the operations of a data center. Key management helps to mitigate much of the risk from physical breaches of other security systems, control who is accessing a specific server, and prevent unauthorized users from even retrieving the keys to servers they are not allowed into. Securing your keys is the next step in creating a safe, secure, and smooth-running data center.
Data centers are centralized locations housing computing and networking equipment, which is also known as information technology (IT) equipment and network infrastructure. Network infrastructure comprises routers, switches, servers, gateways, firewalls, storage systems, and application delivery controllers for managing and storing different data and applications. Data centers store large amounts of data for processing, analyzing, and distributing—and thereby connect organizations to service providers.
Industrial facilities with on-premises data centers need to secure the hardware and software within them. There are two types of security: physical security and software security.
Physical security is the protection of people, property, and assets, such as hardware, software, network, and data, from natural disasters, burglary, theft, terrorism, and other events that could cause damage or loss to an enterprise or institution. Software security involves techniques to prevent unauthorized access to the data stored on the servers. Because new malicious software (malware) is being developed year after year to break the various firewalls protecting the data, security techniques need to be upgraded periodically.
Problems Surrounding Data Access Control
Regulatory and compliance requirements regarding access to certain data is becoming a standard to ensure consumer privacy and protection. In this contemporary era, with cyber-attacks on the rise, the physical security within data centers is often overlooked. Although many sites have multiple levels of physical security, it typically stops once you gain access to the server room floor. At this point, management loses visibility over who is accessing specific systems, devices, or hard drives. And there is no way we can track access down to the specific user at a specific time, true accountability is lost.
Traka Key Management is the Solution for Your Problem
A cost-effective solution for upgrading the data security is by adding intelligence key management systems to the locks on server racks. Traka provides a wide range of solutions, such as managing the physical server rack keys, the electromechanical locks directly, or the physical assets within our automated locker systems. All come with the ability to control, manage, and audit critical activity within your organization.
Physical servers, storage and networking assets are important to a data center’s day-to-day operations. Traka can provide automated and controlled access to authorized keys, which are distributed from a secure, software-controlled cabinet. Authorized staff or contract workers utilize a PIN, access badge or biometrics, along with the proper permissions, to access the keys they need in seconds. Traka’s administration software records every transaction, providing full visibility and valuable data on personnel activity. And when staff knows that they are 100% accountable for the technology and data they access each day, their natural behavior is to act with more responsibility and efficiency.
By integrating with your existing security, access control or other third-party platforms, all usage data and reporting can be centrally managed from your security desk. Critical actions in Traka can send instant notifications, email or trigger alarms, and Traka permissions can be synchronized to stay up-to-the-minute with your HR or access control platform. Ensure that items protected by Traka never leave your facility, by automatically revoking a user’s exit permissions anytime they are in possession of a key or asset.
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