DCN November 2016 - Page 22

security CENTRE STAGE Rob Cooper of IO UK highlights the importance of securing the data centre in a digital age. B usinesses must not underestimate the value of their data. Regardless of their industry, data is the new and potent currency of business. Targeted advertising, predictive analytics and data driven decision making have all transformed data from a resource that is accrued as a business by-product to a commodity on which whole industries can be built. It’s important to note that much has been written about the potential of Big Data, however increasingly, the cyber security that surrounds it has taken centre stage in news headlines and the business boardroom. It’s almost nine years since the seismic data breach suffered by US retailer Target and cyber risk has only moved up the boardroom agenda since. So much so that CEOs are increasingly taking direct responsibility when the worst happens and a breach occurs. Dido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk, was front and centre last year when the details of more than 150,000 users were leaked online. More recently, CEO Marissa Mayer has been held publicly accountable by politicians and the media following the massive Yahoo data breach that was discovered this summer. It’s clear this data security is an issue that executives can’t ignore. 22 Insider threats Recent research from PWC found that a third of businesses now consider insider threats to be more costly or damaging than external threats. This has interesting ramifications for the physical security of a company’s data. Access to a company’s physical data footprint is typically only granted on a very limited basis, to appropriate employees or contractors. However, there is a limit to the degree of security that a conventional office building can provide for critical data systems. The benefits of keeping your data off site in a data centre extend far beyond a cheaper cost per square foot. The critical importance of data in today’s economy means many businesses must ensure their systems are kept running, without fail, at all times. With this in mind, the threat of business interruption includes everything from denial-of-service (DOS) attack to power failure. This is why the locations for data centres are so meticulously and precisely chosen. Colocation providers look for sites that are away from fault lines, flood plains or flight paths. They are usually set back from, or raised above, nearby roads and tend to be built in remote locations outside of major cities to lower the potential risk from terrorism. All of these steps are taken to minimise the risk of unforeseen circumstances taking a company’s mission critical data offline. Data centres are also able to offer a far more comprehensive supporting environment for critical data equipment than can be achieved in an on site facility. A network of fully redundant subsystems and X\X\]B[\X\H^\XZH\BH[Hو\[\[\\[ۂ\\HZ[[][KH[\[Y[وX[ \\X[]Y\ۛX]]H]\[[œ\[\\HXZ[Z[Y[]B[\H]HZ[\H[[Bو\H[[Y[[][]Y\ˈۈو\ܝ\[\X\X\K]H[\ٙ\[ܙH۝\[X\[[YX]Y\Z[[H\X[]Y\˂[[\\X]\[]H[\ٙ\H[YH][و\[Y[H[X\]Hݚ\[ۜˈH[[\\X[HY\ ]H[K܈^[\KYHܝXX[^Y\قX\]HH[[ܙ[\][ۜ\Z\HH\X[X\Z\]HXˈ[Y]X[X[XH[Y[\\[\[\[XY[\Z[˜]]ܚ]H][[[H[[Y™[\H]X\H[ق[ܙ[\][۸&\]H\\X][B[Z]Y \[\\[XܙX]HZ\ۈX\]H[\ۛY[][Bۙ[\و[[XYHX\HX[]K\[\ۛY[[[H\YB