Why Physical Security Plays an Essential Role in IT Security Too

IT Security

Physical security measures are actually essential to maintaining IT security.

Many operate under the assumption that IT security is all about software security measures, but the truth is, physical security is just as important for IT security as the cybersecurity element. With physical access, someone with the worst intentions may be able to do more than they could remotely, so it’s critical that server rooms and data centers are properly locked down. Below, we want to take a look at some physical security measures that can play a large part in IT security and why those solutions are so important.

Securing Server Rooms

Preventing unwanted access to any servers is one of the most critical elements in IT security. With direct access to servers, someone would have unbridled control to do irreparable damage. Keeping your server room locked down and creating policies regarding who can and can’t access the room is important, but access control systems that allow for keeping records of who access the server room and when is also a great way to develop a policy centered around accountability. Minimizing doors and windows in the room’s design also helps reduce unwanted entry.

Locking Up Portables

Some businesses equip their employees with cell phones, laptops, or tablets, which may be home to critical data that can’t be leaked. If employees take these devices home, it’s important that they know they are responsible for keeping those devices secure. Offering an option to store portables on-site when they leave for the day is another effective approach and can involve a storage safe or room that is locked down when not in use.

Remember Printers

The humble printer may not stand out as a particularly sensitive area of security, but how many times have you printed something off and left it on the printer for half an hour before remembering that it’s there and going to pick it up? Policies centered around quickly removing documents from a printer and shredding unnecessary copies can go a long way in preventing this, but keeping your printers physically locked down is the ultimate way to ensure only those with proper access get ahold of your precious printers.

Protecting Backups

If your facility is storing backups at alternative locations, remember that all data streams are encrypted and that any encryption keys are stored within a secure location. The same goes for memory sticks or USB drives.

Get in Touch with FiberPlus

FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:

  •     Structured Cabling (Fiberoptic, Copper and Coax for inside and outside plant networks)
  •     Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
  •     Wireless Access Point installations
  •     Public Safety DAS – Emergency Call Stations
  •     Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
  •     Support Services
  •     Specialty Systems
  •     Design/Build Services

FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.

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