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Data Center Physical Security at the Rack

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Rick Gonedes

Data security has been growing in importance as society continues to progress towards a more digital world. According to a 2017 study that was conducted by IBM and Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a single data breach incident decreased by 10% between 2016 and 2017 to around $3.6 million dollars. The news isn't all positive. The decrease was mostly attributed to the strength of the US dollar. Even still, $3.6+ million is an expense that most organizations simply cannot afford.

Yet when many people think of data security, they think of the software measures that need to be put in place to protect data in its virtual form. What they don't think about are the physical measures that must be deployed to protect the actual data centers that house confidential information around the world. With Raritan’s SmartLock Door Access Control System, this is exactly the type of issue addressed.

Introducing the SmartLock Door Access Control System

One of the major benefits of the SmartLock Door Access Control System has to do with the cost-effective way in which it can be deployed. The system is natively compatible with Raritan's existing PX intelligent PDUs and EMX systems, both of which go a long way towards eliminating the need for expensive installation procedures and separate door locking systems.

By giving data center operators the ability to utilize the PX plug and play sensor technology, the SmartLock system can be connected in a way that allows crucial data to be delivered to ANY DCIM or security software - all while maintaining physical security at the exact same time.

Continuing with the theme of effortless installation, the SmartLock Door Access Control System can also be easily retrofitted to any existing rack in a data center environment. Seamless integration is offered with Legrand rack solutions, creating a system that provides a superior level of security that can be incorporated into the way you already like to run things.

The SmartLock Door Access Control System also improves workflow management at the rack level through guaranteed regulatory compliance. Whether you're working with HIPAA, SOX, PCI DSS 3.2 or SSAE 16 doesn't matter - this is a system that was built with these conditions in mind, creating just one less thing you have to worry about in your quest for data center physical security.

The SmartLock Door Access Control System is also compatible with many of the proximity card reading systems that you're likely already using. It is capable of recognizing 13.56 MHz RFID cards (including Legic, my-d, DESFire, Tagit, and others). Data is also encrypted during transmission to any external access control or DCIM software using the sophisticated AES-128 encryption algorithm.

When you also consider the fact that the SmartLock system remains secure even in the case of a power outage and offers seamless integration with USB cameras, asset management strips, and other techniques to help control workflow, it's easy to see why this is such an important investment that will more than pay for itself over time in peace-of-mind alone.

The Raritan Approach

At the end of the day, you need more than just an electronic door access and control system to guarantee data center physical security at the rack. You need a solution that is easy to deploy, economical, cost-effective, and compatible with ALL types of data center enclosures. These are just a few of the top focuses that Raritan had when it set out to create the SmartLock Door Access Control System - a solution that addresses evolving security requirements with an eye towards regulatory compliance from HIPAA, SOX, SSAE 16 and more.

If you'd like to find out more information about the major benefits of the SmartLock Door Access Control System, please don't delay – schedule a demo today.

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