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Integration of Virtual and Physical Security to Dominate Data Center Security Market Landscape

Posted August 6, 2015

Data center security is a crucial part of any IT company’s operations. Owing to the high volume of data generated in a typical data center, protecting data centers from cyber as well as physical attacks becomes a prime concern. The sensitivity of the data is also often an issue, reinforcing the importance of data center security.

The growing importance of cloud computing in data center security is expected to carry on in the next few years, to become the prime mode of data centers in the coming years. This is expected to shape the data center security market by forcing market players to focus on cloud data center security options.

Integration of Physical Security Driving Data Center Security Market:

The three main components of data center security are hardware, software, and services. Among these, security hardware consists of detection and authentication devices such as smoke alarms, biometric authentication systems, and surveillance cameras. This is backed up by data center security programs working on access control and compliance, data protection, etc.

The importance of data center security hardware, i.e. physical security, is expected to rise in the coming few years. Some of the major recommendations for physical data center security are:

Multi-layered Authentication: Data center operators are increasingly segregating their complex into visitor, employee, and core or ‘data’ areas, entry into each of which would require separate authentication. Preferably, each of the authentication checkpoints should check different biometric parameters, such as iris scanning, fingerprint scanning, etc., to eliminate the chances of mishaps.

Warehouse-like Design: Instead of designing an office space, data centers should be styled like secure warehouses, with thick walls, minimal windows, and effective HVAC systems. The latter should be able to protect the building’s occupants from biological or chemical attacks by effectively circulating the air inside the building in case of environmental contamination.

Increase in Detection Devices: Increasing the number of surveillance cameras, air contamination detectors, and vehicle checks is an effective way of reducing the risk of physical attacks on data centers.

Perimeter Firewalls to Gain in Prominence in Data Center Security:

In line with the rising trend of “anticipation rather than reaction” in physical data center security, the landscape of data center security software is also expected to be dominated by growing usage of anticipatory measures such as perimeter firewalls.

Perimeter firewalls scan all data in and out of a data center and thus can provide an alert before the suspicious data packet enters the internal network of the data center. Fittingly, it is known colloquially as ‘demilitarized zone networks’ in tech terms.

The reluctance of many data center operators to use on-premise services has resulted in the emergence of cloud-based external DNS networks that perform the role of a perimeter firewall. A notable event in the global data center security market, in light of the importance of this trend, is the acquisition by Cisco of OpenDNS. Cisco’s plans to acquire an able distributor of a cloud service that would help companies focus on external DNS servers for data security seem like a move aimed at controlling the future of the data center security market.

Integration of various data center security solutions, both hardware and software, has emerged as a dominant trend in the global data center security market and is expected to become a major influence in the coming years.

Source: TMR

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