Our corporate data security policies have specific requirements for any network equipment rooms housing equipment through which confidential or private data is transmitted — this includes some means of physical access control and a log of persons physically accessing the rooms. Our IT department was actually in violation of its own policies, so we added card readers and door monitor switches to all of the equipment rooms. We created a report in the access control system that prints out a log of access granted and denied to all IT rooms, and we run that monthly for the IT group. When we were done with this project, we had established an excellent rapport with the IT group, which now wants to put network cameras in a few critical equipment rooms, where multiple contractors have access to the rooms and on occasion IT equipment has been damaged with no clues as to how it happened.
— Manager of security systems,
Engineering services firm
What benefits have you experienced from collaboration between physical security and IT?
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Ray Bernard, PSP, CHS-III is the principal consultant for Ray Bernard Consulting Services (RBCS), a firm that provides security consulting services for public and private facilities. Mr. Bernard has also provided pivotal strategic and technical advice in the security and building automation industries for more than 18 years. He is founder and publisher of The Security Minute 60-second newsletter (www.TheSecurityMinute.com). For more information about Ray Bernard and RBCS go to www.go-rbcs.com or call 949-831-6788.