In the past decade, technological innovations and cloud computing have transformed the way that people collect, process, and store sensitive information. As organizations in every sector transfer their infrastructure to the cloud, it is vital that data center companies utilize the most advanced techniques available to ensure that data is adequately protected. Since data centers store vast amounts of valuable data, it is critical that they are not only virtually secure but physically secure as well.
Creating the most secure data center possible requires careful equipment and facility management. If a single component of this delicate ecosystem is not up to par, it can be detrimental to your entire organization. However, data center companies that implement the most advanced security practices are sure to flourish in a time where data security is more important than ever before.
1. Make Accommodations for On-Site and Cloud Storage
The first step in creating a secure data center is securing the building itself. In most cases, the building’s only purpose is to store data, but some data centers also have offices and other rooms that serve a separate purpose. Of course, it is recommended that organizations use their data center solely for housing sensitive information. A secure data center will also have bulletproof walls, in addition to continuous video surveillance, security guards, and security checkpoints.
While physical security measures are crucial, data center companies must not overlook virtual security measures. Data centers should implement firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDSs) to survey all traffic before it infiltrates the internal network. In addition, data centers often use control lists (ACLs) to strengthen their cybersecurity.
When it comes to cloud security measures, there are always more features that you can implement for a robust security system. Consider incorporating three-factor authentication and perform penetration testing twice a year to ensure your security is functioning properly. When it comes to data security, conduct all operations within the framework of a zero trust model, so your facility can detect, inspect, and eradicate any suspicious activity before it spirals out of control.
2. Measure Your Energy Usage to Optimize Your Processes
It is impossible to manage data if you do not measure it properly. The simplest way to measure your data center’s efficiency performance is by keeping close track of the facility’s overall energy use. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) enables data centers to reduce energy usage for non-computing purposes, such as heating and cooling. Keep in mind that PUE varies significantly throughout the year due to changing weather conditions.
Furthermore, effective data center companies must ensure that they minimize power distribution. In order to accomplish this goal, data centers must minimize each power conversion to the furthest extent possible. Once unnecessary conversion steps are eliminated, optimize the equipment you cannot forgo by investing in the most energy-efficient equipment. For instance, the primary downfall of data center power distribution is the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Minimize losses by choosing a high-efficiency model, complete with high voltage.
3. Keep Track of Compliance Requirements
For data centers, compliance requirements dictate the most secure methods of handling, storing, and securing data. Since companies trust your organization with their most sensitive data, compliance requirements exist to ensure that this data remains secure. Failing to comply with these regulations invites disastrous ramifications for your company.
Data centers can demonstrate their compliance with data security regulations by undergoing numerous IT audits and examinations. This illustrates that data centers have the controls necessary to protect client data. The most important audit is the SOC 2 audit, which reports controls around established SOC 2 Trust Services Criteria. Ensure that your data center’s practices align with these standards for the sake of your clients and your company.
4. Control Temperature and Airflow to Ensure Efficiency
Efficient airflow management and cooling ensure that equipment continues to run at peak performance. The process begins by reducing the mixing of hot and cold air using containment. In order to optimize your data center equipment, implement thermal modeling complete with computational fluid dynamic (CFD) to optimize airflow effectively.
It is also beneficial for data centers to utilize a temperature control method referred to as “free cooling.” During this process, data centers may use a thermal reservoir, evaporating water, or ambient air to remove heat from the building, thereby eliminating the need for a chiller. In addition, increasing the data center’s cold aisle temperature will reduce energy consumption, which increases your number of free cooling days.
5. Dispose of Unwanted Equipment with an ITAD Provider
Although it is often overlooked, the manner in which your data center disposes of unwanted electronic equipment is one of the most critical components of data security. As numerous companies entrust your facilities with their confidential data, it is paramount that you protect their information every step of the way. Ensure that you fulfill this responsibility by partnering with certified ITAD providers.
When it’s time to dispose of your unwanted IT equipment, ITAD providers will begin the process to ensure that there is no sensitive data stored within your devices. ITAD providers will wipe all of the information from your devices and remove asset tags to ensure that there isn’t any information associated with your company. At this point, ITAD providers will destroy or recycle the equipment. Data centers that fail to undergo this process risk experiencing costly data breaches, legal fines, and a tarnished reputation.
Keep Your Data Center Secure with FAMCe
Eventually, the time will come for your data center to dispose of outdated equipment and it is of the utmost importance that ITAD providers ensure your security every step of the way. When it’s time to get rid of your data center’s old equipment, FAMCe can help. With locations across the US, our professionals are ready to accommodate your recycling needs with a commitment to security, convenience, and premium customer service.
FAMCe has over 30 years of experience helping businesses safely and responsibly recycle their outdated devices, even in regulated industries. Our proven expertise has built our reputation as a market leader, but we don’t rest on our laurels — instead, we make it a point to exceed each client’s needs and expectations. So whatever e-waste solutions you require, FAMCe can deliver.