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Here at Bay Area Computer Solutions, we believe in providing the best IT security on the market. We are all for stringent hardware firewalls, hardened software firewalls, routine network and device security audits, and the best anti-virus/anti-spyware applications money can buy. While there are many security procedures you can implement, one of the best security policies is one no one ever seems to talk about.

When it comes to keeping your network and business secure, securing people’s access to it is of the utmost importance.

Network Security Means Controlling Access

Whether you want to maintain security over your network at your office or within the data center where your servers are hosted, the best IT security policy is to limit physical access to network hardware. As much as IT security procedures dictate firewalls and anti-virus software, no one can do more damage to your network than an annoyed employee, a lackluster IT engineer, or a random malicious party.

Protecting your network means ensuring only trusted employees and hires have access to your physical servers. Without controlling access, you cannot know your network is fully secured. How should you monitor network security through granted access?

  • 1. All Onsite and Data Center Cages Must Be Locked The easiest way to secure your network hardware is to lock the cages, closets and locations that hardware is stored in. Make sure your locks contain a complex numerical access key or that only trusted employees/hires have access to the key.
  • 2. Watch Everything Another way to maintain security best practices over your network: install cameras with direct view of your physical servers. Cameras will allow you to monitor server activity 24/7/365 and will dissuade any malicious parties from trying to gain access to your servers.
  • 3. Maintain Rigorous Security Procedures One of the best avenues to control network and data security is to establish rigorous security procedures which everyone seeking access to your servers must submit to. These procedures include background checks, cage access login/logout, accessing servers through a digital ID scan card and passing through multiple checkpoints upon entry/exit to ensure validity of visit. These procedures should be kept in place regardless if your servers are hosted out of your office server closet or within the walls of a tier four data center.
  • 4. The Buddy System Remember as a kid when your mom told you to always hold her hand when crossing the street? Maintaining IT security can take a note. To maintain physical data security, one of the best policies is always send a trusted employee into the cage with a visiting tech/engineer. This policy is maintained to make sure nothing funny happens when visitors have access to your mission critical business servers.

At the end of the day, network security and IT security is both about virtual and physical protocols. While your servers need to be secured with firewalls and anti-virus software, they also need to be secured with controlling physical access. Without both working in conjunction, your network will be at risk and your data security will be in jeopardy. Concerned about your network security, or simply interested in more information on how to keep your company’s data where it belongs and out of the wrong hands? Click the banner below to sign up for our IT Security Audit today!

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Published on 28th July 2015 by James Berger.