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The physical protection of data is now more important than ever, with data stored in data centres quintupling by 2020 on a global platform, and 92% of workloads being processed by cloud data centres. As such, there needs to be a rise in the physical security of our data centres in the UK to match this demand.

Since the first ‘Creeper’ virus was detected in the early 1970s on ARPANET – a US military computer network known as the forerunner of the modern internet – which was subsequently followed by the ‘Rabbit’ and ‘Pervading Animal’, it has become increasingly essential to protect our physical data centres.

First of all, it is important to determine what exactly is stored within a data centre and why it poses a security threat.

What is a data centre?

As the name suggests, a data centre is the place where any business, of any size, chooses to house their key IT infrastructure – such as servers, switches, storage systems, and any cloud-based services – often sharing data centres with other organisations.

More often than not, these businesses don’t have to deal with the data centre directly to use the storage facilities, but they have to trust that their data is safe and secure 24/7/365 and not vulnerable to criminals.

The kind of data being stored will directly correspond with the level of data centre fencing and security requirements. For example, more investment must be made in data fencing security if the data being held is privileged or governmental in nature. If this particular data is stolen or damaged, then it could have a catastrophic impact on individuals, blue-chip companies, and reputations.

Here at CLD Fencing, our data centre fencing and gate solutions are designed and manufactured to Loss Prevention Standard (LPS)1175 – the UK standard on protection from forced entry when protecting assets, whilst also holding ‘Police Preferred Specification’ from Secured by Design on behalf of the UK Police for systems that have met recognised security standards.

Before deciding on the right fencing solution for you, let’s take a look at the requirements and specifications of data centre fencing.

  • Data Centre Fencing Requirements

    There are a number of requirements that your chosen data centre fencing needs to meet:

    • protect the perimeter, including the exterior, from potential breaches including people climbing over the top or digging underneath to access the building
    • controlled and secure access to the building through one gated entrance, for authorised staff and visitors, including deliveries
    • secure car parking areas

    In addition to these requirements, you will also need to reduce the risks of vehicle borne threats, in which a vehicle is used to inflict damage on your data security centre.

    By using Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) – a protective security discipline – you can significantly reduce the risks posed by criminals intending to gain access to your data centre.

    You can achieve this by putting a number of security measures in place, including those mentioned above, after carrying out security risk assessments to determine where the weakness in your security lies.

    These measures can also include deterrents in the form of clear communication signs around the perimeter of your data centre, incident response planning and training for staff members, and vehicle security barriers, among others.

  • Benefits of Data Centre Fencing

    Apart from the obvious – keeping data safe and secure from criminal intervention – data centre fencing initially acts as a deterrent and allows the detection of any potential threats sooner than if data centre fencing wasn’t implemented.

    Erecting Government-approved data centre fencing can also:

    • promote your business to passers-by through branded fencing
    • give your clients confidence that their stored data is being properly protected against any potential criminal acts
    • reduce the risk of security being breached or compromised in the future
    • be aesthetically pleasing and also blend into the surrounding environment

    Other Considerations

    When it comes to deciding on what kind of data security fencing to go for, there are other considerations you need to be aware of.

    Firstly, what is your budget? It’s always beneficial to have a healthy budget to spend on the fencing for our data centres, as safety and security are paramount, but you still need to be aware of what this figure is and stick to it.

    Secondly, where is your data centre based? For example, if the location is more rural than urban, then the considerations you give to the fencing will differ depending on the answer to this question.

    Thirdly, what is the perceived threat and possible breaches on your data centre? As with the second consideration, your location may be a key factor in this, as well as the size and scope of your data centre.

    Finally, all data centre fencing needs to be erected in conjunction with other security measures, such as adequate lighting and CCTV cameras.

Choose CLD Fencing for all your data centre fencing needs

Our data centre fencing and gate solutions provide anti-climb protection with additional security toppings, which offer a guaranteed delay against attack. We review your requirements with you and come up with the best fencing solution to protect your data centre.

Our Securus SR1 system provides a guaranteed minimum delay of 1 minute, or you could even choose the Securus S3, for an increased delay of 3 minutes.

If you have something specific in mind, or you would like to discuss your requirements and learn more about what we can do for you, then you can contact us on 0800 109 4193 or email info@cld-fencing.com.

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