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Taking Data Centre Security to the Server Rack

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 17 November 2016

Access security experts at EMKA point out that current data centre security practices rely on three things to ensure the protection of data. First, keeping a thief out of the building; second, monitoring the system to detect the removal of a hard drive; finally, encrypting the data on that hard drive so that if the first two fail, the hardware is still useless to the thief. Despite these efforts, data theft still occurs with some frequency, which is why companies need to consider a change in their strategy, such as biometric security.

EMKA believe that by implementing biometric technology at a different level of operations, such as the server rack itself, companies can optimize their security and establish a new line of defence that doesn't interrupt workflow. Installing a fingerprint scanner on the server rack door handle won't affect building access or other factors, but ensures that only authorized personnel can actually open the rack and remove hardware. This ensures security regardless of whether a thief manages to bypass the other security measures. Furthermore, it protects a company from theft by its own employees – one of the leading causes of data breaches seen worldwide.

Of course, as firms deploy server rack security solutions they may see other ways to improve their building access control with biometrics. By starting at a basic point of entry and deploying a high-quality biometric solution, a company can see the results and build from there, implementing biometrics where needed and avoiding a single large-scale investment that may not be cost effective immediately.

EMKA/Digitus Biometric solutions offer top of the line security for any company, but in the data centre it is particularly beneficial, providing front line protection for valuable or critical with information which is quickly becoming the currency of this digital age.

Tags:  BioLock  biometric handle  biometric technology  data centre security;  EMKA UK  server rack security 

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BioLock from EMKA UK – a New Biometric Locking System for server racks launched at Data Centre Expo in October

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 08 December 2014
Updated: 09 December 2014

EMKA, together with sales partners Data Racks, launched our new biometric locking system at Data Centre Expo – @ Excel London on the 8th and 9th October 2014. The new system addresses concerns that breaches of security at datacentres comprise over 40% of data loss, sabotage and attack. EMKA BioLock provides for the first time unique finger print technology stored and processed in the handle on the cabinet with an “Indisputable Audit Trail” to protect valuable data. EMKA BioLock is PCI, SOX, SSAE 16 and HIPPA compliant.

Fingerprint technology on-the-handle enables the individual and/or combination of individuals permitted to access servers via the cabinet to be determined by a distributed security network based at the cabinet with all 10 fingers being recognised and 2 permitted as “duress fingers” which still open the cabinet but set off a remote alarm. There are already 500+ BioLock systems installed at high security locations such as US Airforce, US Army, NORAD, Memorial Medical Centre, Syracuse University, and the US Naval Academy.

The system was further exhibited exhibited at Data Centre World Dublin @ the RDS Centre on 11th – 12th November and will also be at Data Centre World @ Excel on 11th – 12th March 2015.

Tags:  biolock data centre security  biometric locking system;  biometric technology  data centre security  EMKA UK 

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