28th February 2022
Looking for a High Standard of Physical Security?
We all know data centres are high security sites, requiring the highest level of security systems to stay safe and secure. Whatever the size of the data centre, a breach in security just can’t happen. So, to keep data centres safe, what security standards are in place to protect against an attack?
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published the ISO/IEC TS 22237-6:2018 outlining the standards for security within data centres and their surrounding premises. It discusses the appropriate security systems that should be implemented to protect the physical infrastructure of these sites. This document was published in 2018, and as we know the security industry moves fast. New threats and tools are being used daily, not to mention since the pandemic hit, a mass online migration has skyrocketed the growth of data centres across multiple countries. That’s why the ISO is currently in the midst of reviewing and updating this very standard with the right physical security information in line with growing online presence, new threats and tools being used. Data centres will need to review their current measures, and ensure they’re compliant with any new processes, strategies, and security systems that come to light in the updated standard.
Another well-known standard for data centres, and many other high security sites is the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) security rating for given products. It states that, “the perimeter of a site is one of the key locations where physical security measures and controls can be applied to protect both users and facilities. Without proper thought, the perimeter can become a significant vulnerability.” But what does the CPNI consider when evaluating physical security fencing systems for a high security site?