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5 Rock-Solid Data Center Security Habits


August 1, 2016

Don’t get stuck dealing with a data center security crisis when you should be relaxing.

While everyone is entitled to a holiday from time to time, your data center security should never take a vacation. Breaches don’t take breaks. Is your data center secure? Here are five things that will keep your work–life balance, and your data center security, stable.

1. Make “Before – During – and After” your mantra.

A broad range of attack vectors can manifest themselves anywhere, and your security solution needs to monitor every blind spot from as many angles as possible. That creates a whole lotta data, but as computing science nerds have shown us, our software can sort through it. Fast. So fast you don’t have time to make an extra cup of coffee. And it creates actionable results for proactive teams.

We call this a holistic approach. While unknown threats will most certainly pop up, monitoring the entire attack continuum helps you manage anomalies on your network, at each endpoint, across mobile devices, and in virtual environments. “Before – during – after” helps you focus on results.

Repeat after me,

Before,

During,

After.

Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

2. Protect the entire network.

People are going out, exploring new ways to work. Networking has become a confusing web of communication lines, while creating complicated ways for our team leaders to organize and manage the knowledge banks behind our businesses. IT managers need to keep communication lines clear, open and available while also keeping it all safe from pesky eavesdroppers.

For the most effective protection, security solutions are integral to the data center architecture, extended to watch over both internet-based threats and targeted data center attacks.

3. Establish a fail-safe.

If a natural disaster wipes out your data, what do you stand to lose? It would be a shame if you can’t recover the company’s data while on vacation, bringing business and your precious R&R to a shocking halt. That’s an invitation for recurring nightmares about non-redundant data.

Put recovery processes in place early, and run testing sessions periodically. Remember fire and earthquake drills in elementary school? This is the same approach. Practice drills make you ready for real emergencies.

We also recommend entertaining the most outlandish sources for failure just to see how everyone reacts. Even if they never come true, these scenarios sharpen in-the-moment problem-solving skills and they can help reveal blinds spots lurking around corner before real disaster strikes.

4. Hire people you trust to do a manual fix.

With so much digital automation, we can sometimes forget computers still require human touch. Great software can yield great results, but what if there is coding involved that the software is not programmed to do on its own? If the facility loses power, is there a failover generator running without creating damaging surges? Delegate control to someone credentialed and verified so they can step in to protect your physical facility and ensure data security while you’re away.

5. Keep a 360º mindset.

Think north-south, east-west. In other words, inbound-outbound and inter-application. Security is integral to the data center fabric, and modern data centers allow dynamic traffic flow that even next-generation firewalls have trouble protecting. Not only that, but flow between data centers and devices also extends vulnerabilities to virtual devices. Full, 360º security requires visibility and control over network traffic flows, along with flexibility to adapt as data center environments evolve.

Leave the office and enjoy your holidays and vacations stress free. Start with these tips, and talk to our 24/7 Networks account managers to learn about more options to improve your data center security.