Protecting Consumer Data in Data Centres: Beyond Cybersecurity

In the digital age, data centres play a pivotal role in safeguarding personal and corporate information. This is an expanding market with increased demands that are accelerating at an incredible speed. So how can we keep physical safety of these digital world safe? We understand that protecting data extends far beyond cybersecurity measures. Here’s how physical security and fire safety protocols are just as critical in securing data centres and ensuring the integrity and availability of stored data.

Fire Safety Measures

Data centres house an extensive array of electronic equipment and servers that generate significant heat, making them susceptible to fire risks. To mitigate these risks, Scutum Group employs advanced fire suppression systems designed specifically for sensitive electronic equipment. Unlike traditional water-based systems, our facilities use gas-based suppression systems that can quickly extinguish fires without damaging hardware or causing water-related complications.

Furthermore, fire-resistant materials are incorporated into the construction of data centres. These materials are capable of withstanding high temperatures and help contain fires at their source, preventing spread and allowing more time for emergency response to be effectively executed.

Additionally, data centres are designed to be compartmentalised so that is one server should break out in fire, it will be contained in its own ‘booth’ that has its own fire safety, therefore preventing spread and damage whilst the fire suppression is active.

Robust Physical Security

Protecting data also involves stringent physical security measures to prevent unauthorised access. At Scutum Group, we implement multi-layered access controls that begin at the perimeter of our clients facilities. These include barriers, security fences, and 24/7 monitored CCTV surveillance coupled with motion detectors and intruder alarms.

Access to the buildings and specific data hall areas is often controlled through biometric systems, which ensure that only authorised personnel can enter sensitive zones. This is supplemented by security patrols and a managed access log, which tracks who enters and exits the facility.

Why This Matters

The combination of these security measures ensures that consumer data is protected against a wide range of threats, from physical disasters like fire to physical theft or damage of servers. In today’s world, where data breaches can severely impact consumer trust and a company’s bottom line, not to mention the destruction private data can have in a criminal’s hands, investing in comprehensive data protection is not just necessary—it’s imperative.

Scutum Group UK is committed to providing robust security solutions that keep your data safe, both online and offline. To learn more about how we can help protect your data or to read more about the importance of data centre security, visit our blog and get in touch with us.

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