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Using Electronic Locking Solutions to Secure Enclosures
And Meet Storage Compliance Needs
Steve Spatig, General Manager of the Electronic Access
Solutions Division, Southco
Information security has developed significantly in recent years,
resulting in more robust networks and data storage methods.
While cyber attacks continue to be a key concern for IT managers,
enhancing the actual physical protection of that data has become
a major priority as well. Regulations affecting the data storage industry are driving IT managers to enhance the physical protection
of data and IT equipment stored
at the cabinet level.
Industry regulations have
broadened the focus on data
protection to also address a
need for monitoring and recording physical access activity. The
Payment Card Industry Data
Security Standard (PCI DSS), for
instance, is a set of guidelines
that affects the facilities that
store confidential financial data.
PCI DSS is closely followed by
credit card companies in the US,
who establish their own steep
penalties and fines for violations
of the standard.
Because failure to meet
requirements for data protection can nearly triple the cost of
investing in a compliant security infrastructure, many IT managers are replacing traditional mechanical locks with intelligent
electronic locking mechanisms. These electronic locking solutions
offer remote monitoring and audit trail capabilities and can be
integrated into a datacenter’s existing security system or operate
as a separate, fully-networked system, allowing physical access to
be controlled from a facility’s perimeter down to the equipment
that stores the data.
Benefits of Electronic Access
Electronic locks offer a streamlined and highly effective security
solution that layers physical latching with electronic intelligence.
Using a facility’s current security network, IT managers can remotely monitor activity per server cabinet and have access to digital audit trails of information, two critical elements for avoiding
the risk of non-compliance. An advanced security infrastructure
also prevents system downtime from unauthorized access and offers an efficient solution for preventing physical security incidents
from occurring at the rack level.
Remote monitoring and digital access records are significantly
changing how high-level security is applied to datacenter management. In contrast to mechanical lock and key systems, electronic
access solutions provide better control and offer the convenience
of on- and off-site monitoring. IT managers can immediately
respond to a security breach if and when it occurs, and can access electronic records to forensically recreate activity for any
networked enclosure. Captured in real time, these records or electronic signatures provide important details about date, time, user
credentials and duration of entry for each activity. These records
can then be used to demonstrate compliance with key regulations
such as PCI DSS, HIPAA and the HITECH Act.
Improving Security with Electronic Access Solutions
An electronic access solution combines three integral elements
into one cohesive security system. Each complete solution includes
an access control or input device, an electromechanical lock or
latch, and remote monitoring capabilities. The access device,
or user interface, signals the intelligent latch to lock or unlock
a cabinet. Upon actuation, a digital record of activity is created
and archived for future audit trail reporting. Local alerts are also
provided with visual indicators
or audible alarms.
Electromechanical locks are
a primary component of any
electronic access solution, allowing networked access control
through the validation of user
credentials. It is imperative
that the appropriate intelligent
locking device is selected, as the
entire security system is dependent upon the lock’s function.
Electronic locks can be integrated with a variety of access
control devices depending on
the application and desired level
of protection. For example, digital keypads and RFID proximity
card readers can be used with an electronic lock as can biometric
readers and electronic key systems.
The ability to customize access control allows the IT manager to
easily upgrade an existing security infrastructure with minimal disruption to existing systems. For example, personnel ID badges are
often connected to a prox card system for building access. Access
control can be extended down to the rack level by using the current credentials to establish access privileges across applications.
The future of electronic locking is promising and may bring
additional opportunities for further advancements in how data
and equipment are managed. For instance, EAS can be used to
independently monitor multiple cabinets linked under one IP address using a single access controller. The ability to track access
via smartphone is another emerging technology that leverages the
widespread availability of Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Rack-level electronic access solutions address the increasing
need for physical security of the confidential data stored within
a datacenter. Integrating electronic access control can streamline
security spending by eliminating the need for on-site personnel
and reduce the time and resources required for managing physical
keys. Remote monitoring and audit trail capabilities provided by
electronic locking solutions offer real time access information and
control to create a compliant security infrastructure that provides
physical and logical protection of data and resources.
1 “The True Cost of Compliance,” Research report by Ponemon
Institute LLC, January 2011.
For more information visit www.Southco.com.
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