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The latest in EMKA Biometrics: Dual Format Authentication

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 18 January 2017

As our complicated world technologically evolves, challenges naturally ensue to harness and properly use the technology. These challenges become much more serious and difficult when the rate of technological change increases. As customers know, significant time is often necessary to understand, implement, experience, and adjust to the new technology if it is to be employed efficiently and effectively. If we are to embrace the productivity, operator value and other rewards that technological advances offer, the reality is that it is morphing at a historically high speed and there is every reason to believe that it will only continue accelerating with no pause in sight.

Without doubt, the most notable thing about biometrics is that, when used properly as a method of identification, it is completely accurate. Only you are you. And unlike a card, fob, token, password, PIN, photo or key, you are never misplaced, broken, forgotten or expired. The individual is ultimately the most convenient, definite and accessible verification of themselves – and since The Internet of Things increasingly forces technological interaction with everything, it is more important that access to all these things is enabled only by those who have the proper authority to do so.

That is why EMKA/Digitus Biometrics exists with a uniquely and properly designed biometric security to protect the things that it should, without compromising personal privacy, while providing ready access into and out of secure areas and enclosures to protect critical data, systems and assets. When it comes to accessing enclosures that house IT equipment, systems, hazardous materials, valuable assets and even private conversations, companies rightly need to objectively ensure that only those persons with a need to access the enclosure – the rack, cabinet, room, cage, vault – are allowed to do so under the parameters set by the organization’s security policy.

Cards alone can be awkward to manage. Aside from having to carry them or look geeky wearing them, they get lost, get technologically bypassed, require inventory management, and worse, get counterfeited and stolen. Biometrics, on the other hand remove all of these negatives. It used to be said that, by its nature, biometrics eliminated the plausible deniability that the unauthorized person had no fault in the breach. How many times has a security officer been told, “It wasn’t me!” claiming that the card/key/fob/token/password/PIN must have been misappropriated. But with Biometrics access solutions, not only is plausible deniability forever gone, but there is no longer any breach to even get to that point.

EMKA/Digitus Biometrics now provides the ultimate access security with devices to secure data equipment enclosures and pedestrian entrances, they recently announced the best of both worlds. The new DualLock combines biometrics and card technologies. Built directly into the data centre cabinet’s handle is the fingerprint reader and card reader, requiring dual-authentication at the cabinet!

No longer are “you” required to authenticate with just a card, or just a finger, or at the end of the row. Finally, there is an access security product on the market that ensures, without any doubt – at the enclosure door – that “you” are “you”, that you are permitted, and that you are doubly verified.

The greatest fear of advancing technology is that it outstrips our privacy and practical security. EMKA/Digitus products are designed to provide the best of all possibilities - and yes, it integrates with your enterprise access control software.

For further information please contact EMKA UK on 024 7661 6505 or enquiries@emka.co.uk.

 

Tags:  biometric locking  card reader  data centre security;  dual format authentication  DualLock biometric handle  EMKA  fingerprint reader 

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EMKA define the latest industry requirements in Biometric Access

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 30 November 2016

Explains EMKA M.D. Andy Billingham – “Biometric technology at the cabinet is meeting the need for high level security at customer server cabinet enclosures, but the customer often wants the option of seamlessly tying it into their entry system and building management system as well”.

“Until recently there was not a solution to accommodate this need, but EMKA have worked for some years with Digitus Biometrics to provide a biometric access solution embedded in the cabinet handle. This was initially launched with software that was independent from the enterprise management software because in fact many companies’ security teams prefer to have separate systems for their data centre and telco server racks versus their enterprise pedestrian doors and video solutions. Aside from some regulatory requirements dictating such separation, this preference was largely due to the EMKA Digitus system being seen as a superior data centre and specialty enclosure niche, whose monitoring, alerting and reporting capabilities were more reliable, secure, and user-friendly than existing enterprise access control systems. But lately, global companies who have invested large sums and resources into their enterprise access control management (ACM) systems have a strong economic and efficiency motivation (if not a corporate mandate) to integrate cabinet access controls into their enterprise ACM platform.”

Consequently EMKA/Digitus Biometrics have now announced a new technology partnership with the world-class BioConnect identity management platform, so that the db Bus and db Sentry provide full control for server cabinet access. The result is a new, fully-integrated solution that perfectly synchronizes with major ACM solutions.

Contact EMKA (UK) for further information.

 

Tags:  biometric access  biometric access in the cabinet handle  cabinet access controls  data security  db Sentry  EMKA  server cabinet access 

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Door panelware and security for server racks from EMKA UK

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 27 July 2016

Server racks are a specialist type of cabinet today often requiring the highest level in access control along with the simplest in hinging and gasketing. Primary concerns of course are regarding physical security and nullifying the possibility of data theft via removal of servers or connecting of unapproved memory devices such as thumb drives. Whereas the ventilation needs of the housed equipment leads to lightweight largely perforated doors with little need for sealing externally but a need to maintain ventilation integrity, along with a simple cushioning requirement to absorb rattles and ensure correct feel and function of the door when required.

Such a package is provided by hardware specialists EMKA with our program 3500 BioLock which adds high level fingerprint technology packaged at the door with the convenience of a low profile swinghandle, so ensuring that it really is the authorised person opening the door while ensuring gangways to be as narrow as practical – and snag free.

3500 BioLock can be used on individual racks or suites and integrated into site-wide monitoring/control systems.

The requirement for door hinging is met with our captive pin program 1031 for lay-on doors and suits the narrow 25mm return used on such lightweight fabrications. Hinge pins on the 1031 may be readily withdrawn but are held captive. For especially light doors and side panels the 1117-U6 pin hinge is a simple, low cost, push-fit solution.

Sealing and vibration absorption of these lightweight doors is very effectively managed with a simple clip-on D profile gasket strip such as the EMKA 1011-24 which is self-gripping on flanges of 1mm to 2mm while providing up to 2.5mm of compression to ensure that unwanted materials are kept out and that the internal ventilation is not compromised by leaky door flanges.

Further information on EMKA products can be found on the EMKA website - www.emka.co.uk. Readers can find the latest information and news on the EMKA blog – www.emkablog.co.uk or follow them on twitter - http://twitter.com/emkauk.

Tags:  biolock  captive pin hinges  d profile gasket strip  door panelware for server racks  EMKA  server rack security  swinghandles; 

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How to protect micro data centres and individual defined high risk cabinets in data centres or co-location situations

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 09 September 2015
This white paper by our MD Andrew Billingham is a must read for managers of small data centres as it addresses the issues involved in physical protection of valuable or sensitive data, right down to the level of a single server cabinet.

Andrew asks the question: “How secure is secure?”

According to the most recent studies, only about 20 percent of data centres are secure, leaving an overwhelming 80 percent at risk. It is likely that small centres are at the high end of this range. Fortunately there is wide commonality among Data Privacy Directives in that when boiled down to their essence, data privacy rules and regulations all seek to accomplish the same thing. Government regulations and non-government standards invariably ask four basic questions regarding access to sensitive information:

• Do you have safeguards in place to control access to sensitive data?

• Are you able to continuously monitor who is accessing sensitive data?

• Are you alerted in real-time when information is being accessed without authorization?

• Can you produce an audit trail showing who has accessed sensitive data and when they accessed it?

It’s important to remember that “access” within the context of these questions means physical access as well as network access, and that specific requirements for controlling physical access exist in all rules and regulations concerning the protection of private or sensitive information.

The Cabinet Sentry with biometric processing at the cabinet handle is reviewed as a best practice solution.

The full white paper can be downloaded at www.emkablog.co.uk/cabinet-sentry.

Tags:  biometric processing  cabinet sentry  data centre security  EMKA  server cabinet security 

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3000 Program ELM RMS 490 Plug + Play Electronic Locking in a 1U Package

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 03 February 2015

Our established CAN-BUS ELMcabinet locking and monitoring system is even simpler with the 3000 Program 19” RMS 490. This takes advantage of the ELM system modularity to provide a complete cabinet system in a compact 1U housing for quick and easy installation.

Featuring a fully factory configured system, the 3000 Program 19” RMS 490 comes with communication module, control module for 8 cabinet handles, a sensor module (e.g. for temperature or vibration monitoring) and unit power supply ready to fit in plug and play mode. The standard ELM 1U rack module is quickly installed and connected to the sensors, cabinet handles and to other cabinets, so speeding up the whole process of enhancing cabinet security.

The Program 3000 ELM system is designed to meet the needs of modern security systems both in terms of personnel access, control/logging procedures and to handle increasing needs for internal cabinet environmental monitoring/control. It is based on proven industrial CAN-BUS technology and the popular EMKA Swinghandle program.

The ELM Modular Network System can be used for monitoring, controlling and reporting of all relevant cabinet events on the network. The system can be used as a simple monitoring system (e.g. individual access, temperature, humidity, smoke) and extended up to a complex system, including message sending and activation of control functions suitable for on-line server cabinets or to provide server room security. Within its own function every module is re-programmable. The exchange of sensitive data is made via an encrypted code.

The ELM system consists of different functional units connected via bus only. Up to 64 modules can be connected to the bus within a maximum 1000m length. The modules can have the same or different functions. A record of the last data status during a power shutdown is made inside the module and it is possible to make a software update or programme the modules via the bus.

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Tags:  cabinet locking  cabinet security software  data cabinet security  electronic locking and monitoring  EMKA 

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Agent E infra-red wireless TAG – stand alone data cabinet security system

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 19 January 2015

Our AGENT E 3000 program offers multiple possible levels of security for stand-alone data cabinets. It is suitable for single cabinet locking and access logging or for a number of individual cabinets administered separately in a data centre where the infra-red key fob operation enables multiple authorised access and logging of identity if required – also central wireless operation is possible in conjunction with an access point module, thus enabling expansion of the system if required.

The AGENT E handle forms a flexible security module within an expandable network, usable on otherwise vulnerable data or control cabinets. Typically this may include server cabinets or machine controls where unauthorised access is likely to put personnel, machine or information safety at risk from tampering, vandalism/sabotage, data theft or simple inappropriate usage.

At the “Basic” level an AGENT E set up consists of a combination of electronic swing handles and TAGs (hand-held transmitters). Opening is effected by simply pointing the TAG fob/pendant at the handle which is programmed to respond to the multi-modulated diode on the TAG. In addition, Master TAGs may also be programmed.

Simple programming of the TAG (hand-held transmitter) directly on the respective swing handle enables a maximum of 32 User TAGs and up to 5 Master TAGs per swing handle. In case of power failure, emergency power supply is possible via the USB interface with no software required.

Even more convenience is provided by the “Professional” version which allows the easy configuration of locking plans and time profiles via the USB interface, and read out of the integrated event log. In this case the Master TAG can take over the function of a hardware dongle.

The “Professional” level system provides additional features and is configurable via USB using the freeware AGENT E Management Suite which allows users to create and change locking plans, time profiles and read out the event log. Logging of the last 2000 entries is possible to identify who, when and which handle, with the Master TAG used to protect the USB Interface against unauthorised use.

With the highest level “Superior” version all processes can be administered centrally in combination with an Access-Point. It is possible to configure, read out and open swing handles remotely. Interconnection to the handles is via radio transmission and system-specific access point. It also features logging of the last 5000 entries identifying who, when and which handle has been activated.

Naturally the AGENT E swinghandles are compatible with other EMKA door closure equipment such as cams and rod controls for multi-point locking. Door contact sensors may be linked to all versions.

Tags:  AGENT E  data cabinet locks;  data cabinet security  electronic locking  EMKA  infra-red key fob locking  swinghandles 

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