Working with modern cloud and data center technologies isn’t always an easy task. Today, we’re seeing a boom in cloud adoption and data center utilization. A recent Cisco report even said that by 2019, more than 86 percent% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers. Still, through all of this adoption and cloud deployment – it’s pretty much impossible to escape the conversation around data center security.
The threats facing businesses today are arguably the most aggressive and dynamic in history, with data centers’ infrastructure comprising a paramount element in the first line of defense for many companies. The advent of mobile and cloud computing has compounded the calculus, driving increased dependence on third parties as significant contributors to a company’s enterprise security posture.
Let’s face it, your data is valuable and the bad guys are constantly looking for ways to get in. There is a direct economization around the hacking industry where the value of information continues to grow. Juniper Research pointed out that the rapid digitization of consumers’ lives and enterprise records will increase the cost of data breaches to $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, increasing to almost four times the estimated cost of breaches in 2015.
IBM’s 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study showed how the average cost to a company was $3.5 million in US dollars and 15 percent more than what it cost last year. The report went on to say that the cost of a data breach is on the rise, that most countries saw an uptick in both in the cost per stolen or lost record and in the average total cost of a breach, and – for many countries – malicious or criminal attacks have taken the top spot as the root cause of the data breaches experienced by participating companies.
So, how do you create good, holistic data center security? The reality is that there is no one silver bullet.
As the trend toward data center outsourcing continues to grow, organizations find themselves relying heavily on the ability of their data center providers to deliver levels of security that meet their own rigorous standards. This whitepaper from Digital Reality discusses how provider’s security plan is often integral to the foundation for a client’s in-house protection mechanisms that support the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its data, and must therefore integrate seamlessly into a client’s security plan.
The paper goes on to discuss the five critical aspects around creating a complete security solution. This includes:
- Business Continuity
- Incident Management and Emergency Response
- Physical Security
- Information Security
A comprehensive approach to data center security requires much more than simply installing locks and hiring security officers. While these remain important aspects of an effective security plan, they are part of a broader, more integrative approach to security in today’s dynamic environment. Download this whitepaper today to learn how it’s critical to embraces= the entirety of security and what it means for your business.