Security for Small Business Server Rooms
Protecting the Server Room at your Office
Office security is important. There are many difference aspects to consider when securing your office. One aspect that is sometimes overlooked is server room security. The server can be the heart of a small business.
There are many reasons to install security to protect your office server room. One is due to the expense of setting up a server room. Servers are expensive pieces of equipment and you don’t want to leave them unsecured. Computers, monitors and other electronics are common targets for criminals.
However, another reason for securing your office server room is the importance of data security. At any office, the company server contains quite a lot of crucial data and much of this data is sensitive or confidential. This information isn’t just important for your company, but it is also very valuable to criminals.
Data that is stored on company servers can be used in a number of illegal ways if it falls into the wrong hands. For example, financial data can be used to steal funds or make illegal transactions. Along with customer data, this information can also be used to commit identity theft. Identity theft is a serious crime that affects millions of victims each year.
In addition to these crimes, company data can be stolen by competitors or criminals to undermine, discredit or otherwise harm an organization.
As you can see, the data stored on company servers could cause serious damage if it is stolen. Therefore, it’s important that you take steps to protect your company’s server room.
One key way to do this is by using physical security tools.
Physical Security in your Server Room
Physical security tools are effective because they put a barrier between criminals and your valuables. An excellent way to protect your server room is to install security gates. Security gates can be installed in a doorway in order to prevent access to the server room. These gates are easy to use and can be opened completely, providing unrestricted access to the room when needed. However, their strong construction and secure locks keep intruders out when they are locked.
Plus, physical security gates have an advantage over a simple locked door because they can provide ventilation to the room. Servers often get very hot. Placing them behind a locked door 24/7 can cause the systems to overheat. However, with security gates, you can protect the room while still ensuring that it gets the airflow that it needs as necessary.
However, security gates can be installed behind a door to provide additional security and privacy for the room. Both the gates and the door can be locked as needed.
The Cost of Securing a Server Room
Some companies do not consider securing their server rooms due to cost concerns. This is not a smart strategy. While installing security gates does come with a cost, this cost pales in comparison to the tremendous cost that could occur if the server room is broken into. Also the potential hassles of replacing the information, Programs and down time to operate your business.
Consider the number of people who are passing through your office on any given day. In addition to employees (who may not all have the security clearance required to access the server room) your office likely has many visitors, clients and other people walking through the building. Protecting your server room from these people is important.
It’s also important to remember that, in many office break-ins, criminals look for electronics and confidential information first. Therefore, it’s a good idea to not label your server room as such and, of course, to ensure that it’s protected by physical security gates. This will allow you to keep your valuable assets safe.
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