Data center security requires care

Data center security requires care

Some sections of a company's internal IT infrastructure are extremely complex. In the age of constantly expanding information volumes, the data center definitely qualifies. As companies keep extremely valuable records dealing with both internal and customer data, however, protecting storage could be one of the most important objectives of an IT security plan. Network World recently offered tips for companies hoping to keep their information networks free of intruders.

New system choices
The source noted that many changes are under way in the management of data centers. Software defined networking (SDN) is on the way, meaning companies will have new choices regarding information storage. These changes will, according to Network World, allow system administrators to create policies based around individual virtual computers and open up new possible decisions.

The news provider noted that companies will now have to choose between classic firewall technology and virtual solutions to go on with the increasingly software-based nature of data storage appliances.

No matter the type of data center or security software in place, evaluating readiness for an attack is important for companies. Penetration testing and other assessments exist to give data center managers a close look at which policies do and don't work when faced with a threat. These programs can be tailored for physical or digital threats with varying degrees of sophistication.

Data has value
ZDNet contributor Ken Hess recently made a significant point about corporate data security. While addressing some companies' unwillingness to spend on server backups, he noted that firms should not think of data center value in terms of the equipment present but the data stored on that hardware. A $1,000 server could carry information that would carry losses of $50,000 if damaged or otherwise compromised. The physical act of keeping servers safe is a proxy for the far more important task of guarding records and intellectual property.