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Managing Data Center Security

By CIOReview | Friday, May 12, 2017

With every passing day, technologists, application developers, and business leaders are exploring new business opportunities by leveraging the current technology trends such as mobility and Internet of Things (IoT). If we delve deeper into the working of IoT, we can find more insightful information about security vulnerabilities of IoT. According to a report from Gartner, IoT will be a realm of 26 billion things by 2020. For the enterprises that are planning to tap IoT for business growth, this is a right moment to analyze and strategize the present intricacies and future needs that might arise due to growth in number of IoT devices. To ensure the completeness of analysis and future game plan, gaining in-depth knowledge of infrastructure and technologies that support IoT would be a prudent move.

The role play of data center comes to the fore when a strategist strives to plan resources for smooth functioning of interconnected devices. As a key element of the IoT network, data center performs tasks from facilitating connection between two devices to data interchange. Hence, deployment of robust security mechanism at the data center ensures ease of monitoring on-field devices as well as obfuscates security flaws in IoT gadgets through a centralized command. Conventionally, cyber attackers explore flaws in the security mechanism of IoT devices to intrude into the network and finally gain control over data center infrastructure. A security breach leads to the data loss and causes serious implications as IoT device performs numerous essential tasks in the physical world. For instance, gaining control over the IP cameras would be disastrous for a financial institution. Any on-premise activity that is against the business interest of the financial institution could be difficult to trace for perpetrators in the absence of surveillance. These dire threats put the businesses in jeopardy.

Data center infrastructure faces other perils due to functional lacunae in the range of services it furnishes. A highlight can be turning a blind eye toward essential security practice of two factor authentication. IT leadership should ponder over the in-built security measures for the various applications used by the employees. Greater emphasis should be given to security than ease of access. Though limited security measures are helpful in facilitating quicker operations but may become genesis of disaster.

IT leadership’s responsibilities grow exponentially when cyber originated threats come into picture. Nowadays, launching DDoS has become a simpler task for the attackers but difficult for security experts to trace. Hence, safeguarding data center becomes a tedious task when the bad actors of the cyber world launch a DDoS attack. The attack is potent to disrupt the data center operations completely. Physical security is equally significant for data centers. Finger print recognition mantraps, video camera surveillance and permanent security guards are imperatives as the data center stores crucial business information.

Steps to be followed

Irrespective of the devices and processes that are using the data center facilities, data encryption would be the prudent move in the age of cyber espionage. Though key generation might become a hindrance in conducting business in the expedited manner, enterprises must not overlook the benefits. Businesses should also conduct regular security audits to find bugs and security lapses in numerous applications. An application delivery controller (ADC), a computer network device in a datacenter, can spearhead the threat blocking mechanism. It can perform access authorization, inspect the network traffic and create a secure operating environment for the businesses. At the end of the day, data center security should be analyzed in combination with the services the data center delivers because attackers and intruders always hunt for easy gateways to get into the infrastructure.