Data management and security
Data centre management is the sum of the complex day-to-day tasks necessary to operate a data centre. It includes managing data centre capacity, delivering SLAs, the changes and processes to update hardware and software, disaster recovery, real-time reporting and power management.
Of course, one of the most important tasks in data management is ensuring the constant security of the data centre.
Data management and security in practice
Data centres in the UK store and manage business’ data and applications, information assets, and intellectual property. This level of information is business-critical and is a valued target for cyberattacks. That’s why data centre security is paramount. Security controls should be applied to every element of a data centre to protect it from any threats to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the data which it stores.
This security is present across both traditional data centres based on physical servers and the more modern, hybrid, multi-cloud environments built on virtualized servers.
What do I need to think about when considering UK data centre security?
- Visibility. You should be able to view users, devices, applications, networks, workloads and processes easily in order to identify any suspicious activity quickly.
While visibility works best pre-emptively, having an overview of your datacentre is also a useful forensic tool in the unfortunate case of an attack is also valuable. It can help you identify which systems were breached, to what extent, how it happened, and even the exact information targeted.
- Segmentation. With careful division of your data, you can keep attacks localized to one resource, reducing the scope and damage of an attack. It can slow would-be hackers down, giving your security teams valuable time to pinpoint the problem and react appropriately.
- Threat protection. In today’s world, workloads, data, and threats change rapidly. That’s why security teams must value dynamic threat protection that can keep pace with these changes. For data centres such as public cloud environments, threat protection should be tailored to defend against malicious customers attempting to compromise servers. For mobile and web applications, where the vulnerability is more likely an unsuspecting employee, adequate malware detection and employee training on the dangers of threats like phishing is more important. Any threat protection policy should be wide-ranging and comprehensive.
Here at Proxar IT Consulting, we are well-versed in the best practices to manage and secure your corporate data within London and all other UK located datacentres. If you’re looking to take advantage of all datacentres can offer you but want to be sure that your data is diligently managed and protected, then contact Proxar IT Consulting today.