Security at the Cabinet Level: Electronic Locking Solutions That Won’€™t Get Lost in the Cloud

Cloud computing is not just a technology buzz phrase anymore – it’s a reality. As more companies begin moving their data (and customer data) to the cloud, the focus is not just on the new technology itself, but on securing datacenters and protecting information from the threat of security breaches.

While many precautions can be taken software-wise when it comes to preventing a cyber-attack, it is the physical security at the cabinet level of the datacenter that is often overlooked.

Recognizing that data can be accessed on the ground as well as in a network setting, a cloud computing provider recently approached our engineers seeking a more sophisticated access control system solution to replace the existing locks on its datacenter enclosure cabinets.

The datacenter was currently using a combination locking system in conjunction with a mechanical latch on all cabinet doors, with a unique combination code assigned to each employee who would need to gain access to the enclosures. Due to more stringent regulatory requirements affecting the data which was stored by the provider, it was necessary to incorporate an upgraded access control system with an electronic latch, enabling an automated, secure audit trail that could be monitored from a remote location.

The engineers also communicated to Southco that they already use an existing non-contact card reader system to grant employees access to datacenter entrance points. The provider requested that the new electronic latching system for their cabinets integrate with their existing security system and use the same access control credentials.

Our engineers suggested Southco’s H3-EM Electronic Locking Swinghandle and our EA-P3 Proximity Reader. The intelligence of our H3-EM offers electronic locking capability and allows for remote monitoring and access through the datacenter’s existing security system. The EA-P3 produces a standard 26 bit Wiegand output and reads HID 125 kHz prox cards or tags, making it compatible with the datacenter’s existing security system  and allowing datacenter staff to use their current access control credentials to unlock and open their cabinets.

What steps are you taking to ensure that your datacenter cabinets are securely locked? Tell us in the comments.

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