This report identifies how the rapid rise of the data center is leading to an increased risk of theft, sabotage and corporate misconduct. However, many data center operators focus solely on logical security, ignoring physical security and its potential threats. This type of thinking leads to vulnerabilities in a data center's security and increases its exposure to unnecessary risk. Balancing physical security with logical security is the only way to protect a data center. This paper analyzes the cost vs. risk of data center security, the importance of physically protecting assets and the value of declaring security budget ownership. Driven by industry regulations, design standards and best practices, physical security in the data center is as important of an investment as the latest firewalls and cyber security protocols. Throughout the chapters, the paper lays out the steps to create an effective multifaceted physical security strategy that focuses on implementing a six layered physical security approach. examines the need for data center physical security and the risks to organizations that donít properly protect its critical data. It also sets forth a series of standards and best practices for protecting data centers at six different layers.
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