Physical security strategies for data centers part of 2-day webinar series

Oct. 18, 2023
A two-day online event about data center management and protection will include a session sharing strategies for deploying physical security tools to protect this crucial infrastructure.

A two-day online event about data center management and protection will include a session sharing strategies for deploying physical security tools to protect this crucial infrastructure.

The physical security of a data center is the set of protocol built-in within the data center facilities to prevent physical damage to the machines storing data. Those protocols should handle everything from natural disasters to corporate espionage to terrorist attacks. 

This Nov. 2 webinar, slated for noon EST, will discuss why data centers must employ strict physical security programs that provide ready access to authorized personnel while restricting unauthorized individuals. 


This session is part of the Data Center Summit slated for Nov. 1-2. Produced by Endeavor Business Media’s Cabling Installation & MaintenanceData Center FrontierSecurity Info Watch and Lightwave, DCS attendees will learn about the systems, technologies, and practices that are moving data centers forward. 

With technical presentations on topics including high-speed optics, artificial intelligence, fiber connectivity, colocation and the cloud, powering the data center, sustainability and more, the Summit will equip attendees with information to make informed decisions when planning the future of a data center facility. 

Why physical security
matters with data centers

Physical security has long been a necessity to protect a business’ critical infrastructure and data from unauthorized access. 

In the data center market, physical security tools such as perimeter fencing, card readers and even biometric technology have become industry-standard safeguards to provide proper access. 

But as risks — and even the way we routinely conduct business — continue to evolve and become more complex, businesses need to augment these controls with more advanced solutions. 

Advanced security technology provides users enriched oversight to remotely manage access and monitor activity in near real time to better control physical security in a rapidly evolving security landscape. 

To meet their security needs, many businesses leverage third-party data centers to provide the necessary physical security and compliance to help satisfy their own requirements and promote availability. 

Topics to be discussed: 

  • How to conduct risk assessments as part of the site selection process and continue these assessments periodically throughout the life cycle of the data center.
  • How to utilize layered physical security defenses and best practices such as building setbacks, perimeter fencing, card readers, biometric access controls, patrolling armed guards, video monitoring and visitor screenings to bolster physical security.
  • The importance of data centers maintaining specific certifications and accreditations such as SOC 1, SOC2, PCI DSS, IS027001, HITRUST and FISMA to provide independent, third-party assurance of the provider’s control implementation.
  • How to implement innovative technologies that offer businesses improved oversight and tighter control of their physical environments to mitigate increasingly complex threats and remain secure and compliant.

Speakers for this webinar include David Ellis, account executive for enterprise solutions at Genetec; Chuck Brooks, President of Brooks Consulting International; and Damon Sickmon, CPP, CSPM, a Principal at Rykartan Consulting. 

Sponsors for this educational event are Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, AFL, Belden, Eaton, Schneider Electric, Simens, Exfo and Genetec.