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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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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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Guide to Electronic Locking Systems

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 07 January 2016
Our new guide to Electronic Locking and Monitoring Systems gives an introduction to the rapidly developing field of IT data protection. It covers the areas of electro-mechanical locking, RFID card, PIN Code and fingerprint Bio-locking technologies suited to cabinets from industrial sites to server/data centres.

Our electronic locking systems are modular in design to suit standalone housings or complete data centres. The guide also describes use of these systems in outdoor locations where instant monitoring and high levels of security are required. The guide may be downloaded at www.emkablog.co.uk/electronic-locking-systems-guide

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Tags:  bio-locking  data centre security;  electro-mechanical locking  electronic locking systems  EMKA UK  IT data protection  server security 

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EMKA at Data Centre World, Stand No. H50

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 16 February 2015

We have become widely known in the Data Centre industry for our high security BioLock technology, which we will be showcasing at the Data Centre World Exhibition on 11th-12th March at ExCel London.

In particular we will feature the BioLock system which provides for the first time, unique fingerprint technology stored and processed in the handle on the cabinet, with an “Indisputable Audit Trail” to protect valuable data and is compliant with the various data privacy rules and regulations such as PCI, SOX, SSAE 16 and HIPPA.

This innovative approach solves many problems for Data Centre managers and greatly advances the security of valuable data in server centres and co-location sites.

We will also be presenting a full program of data security products to physically protect data from internal threats. This ranges from simple locking handles through multiple zone lock formats and wireless coded cabinet handles with many options for stand-alone operation, to fully integrated security and environmental monitoring.

Tags:  data centre security;  data centre world  EMKA BioLock 

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