When you think of data protection, you probably think of network solutions, like passwords and encryption. But, data protection regulations, like PCI DSS, HIPPA and FIMSA, also require physical security of data storage and processing equipment. In general, compliance requires equipment to be secured and access to be documented.
Most data centers meet the basic requirements of the regulations with the security at the main entrance and computer hall doors. However, extending access control to the rack level with biometric authentication is the most secure method of protecting equipment and the most accurate method of documenting access. It is the last door before the data. This approach not only meets the basics requirements of compliance, but the full intent of the regulations, which is to proactively reduce the risk of data breaches.
Consider an electronic locking system with dual-factor biometric access control and automated logging and reporting. This type of system eliminates physical keys and key management; allows you to assign user access privileges by cabinet; allows you to quickly add, modify and remove user privileges; monitors and notifies door and lock conditions; and automates access control record keeping. Adding biometrics minimizes the risk of unauthorized access through theft of credentials or collusion. Integration to your DCIM software simplifies management and compliance reporting.
Why Choose CPI?
Networked electronic locking systems are not a new concept, but they are traditionally an expensive independent sub-system. This presents two challenges to organizations that want to extend electronic locking to the rack level: first, is the system compatible with existing building access control systems; and second, the additional cost to network, program, and integrate the system.
CPI addresses both challenges directly. First, we integrate hardware components of the electronic locking system with our intelligent power distribution units (PDU). The locks connect to the PDUs, are powered from the PDU and are networked through the PDU. This reduces the additional expense of connecting locks to the building access control system and allows facilities staff to issue and control access to the racks. We also work with our DCIM partner to ensure easy integration. Secondly, we build Secure Array® IP Consolidation into every eConnect® PDU, so you can use one network connection for up to 32 PDUs. This greatly reduces the number of network connections you need to support remote monitoring and access control at the rack level, freeing network ports for production equipment.
Your cost is reduced because you are using less hardware, less software and less networking. Your installation is easier because you are not connecting locks to the building access control system. Your setup is faster because you can integrate with the DCIM software easily. You can use existing employee credentials to access the racks. Or, for added biometric security, you can issue new Zwipe Biometric Access Cards which encode the user’s fingerprint onto the card and require the fingerprint of the user to function.
Contact CPI today and let one of our Technical Support Specialist specify a system for you.