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How Can Companies Protect Their Data Centers?

Enterprise Technology Review | Monday, September 23, 2019

The growing value of information has turned data centers into a significant target for immoral intentions. From criminals stealing information for profit to people who are wishing to disturb the business operations, everyone is fascinated by the disruptions technology can cause.     

FREMONT, CA: Organizations all around the globe depend massively on data to enhance their performance and productivity. The desire of making rapid progress has turned the data centers into central infrastructures and also delightful targets for cybercriminals. In such cases, there are a few methods that can help the companies to save themselves from cyberattacks.

Robust Access Control:

At times, data centers are created in hard to access remote locations to shield them from natural calamities or intentional invasions. Fortunately, IP cameras can provide a solution in case there is a breach by connecting the camera to a network, and send a message as soon as it senses a potential breach. After the alert is received, the attack can be charged and acted upon as required. People who control the data centers can have a user device to monitor every entry into space along with recorded time and attempts to get into restricted areas.

Updated Protocols:

Several data centers need the conformity of procedures to operate correctly, such as tracking and restricting the number of people allowed entering at a particular moment. The use of an intelligent video surveillance system can help in identifying the right amount of people present in the area. It tracks and instantly sends out an alert if the number of people inside the data center has gone beyond the quota. Apart from that, the analytics in-built in the camera can report the average time of occupancy and send an alert if it exceeds the determined threshold. Other incidents like a deserted object on the corridor can activate the warning sounds using the IP loudspeakers, making the malicious person panic, and alerting the employees against negligence.

Preserve the Footage:

Data centers have utilized an ample amount of effort in optimizing the energy usage by using smart planning for refrigeration and resourceful software for energy management, including the footage captured by the security system. To perform efficiently, companies need to consider factors like the amount of data managed from the cameras up to the servers and the necessary storage for its maintenance over time.

Excluding specific software that prevents quality decline, there are a few other methods that can decrease the data flow from video surveillance systems. There is a software that helps in adjusting the image format in a way that it fits the entire area for supervision. It helps in monitoring the assigned region with appropriate setting such as in a vertical or a horizontal video so that the bandwidth does not consume any space. Furthermore, another concept known as edge storage was introduced, which installs the camera at the door or in the ceiling of the data center. It is built with a memory card to carry out the video surveillance, relaxing the data processing to function for the entire system.

Efficient Network: 

The use of traditional systems can be prone to vulnerabilities and attacks. Companies must understand that even after updating the essential software, which is available, some weak spots remain in the system that was missed to be patched. It is significant to monitor the health of the systems in a data center and keep them in the most reliable form. Organizations and the government that manage their data centers need to have better control over their systems. They can do that by continuously observing the status of every device that is linked to the network and sending instant alerts whenever there is a need to update something.

Integrated Management:

Every technology is inclined toward integration, and most of the advanced data centers across the world have already started utilizing the advantages of the new combinations. With multiple devices connected to a network, it becomes essential for companies to carry out centralized management for the systems to share the right information in a flash.