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3 Ways Electronic Access Control Can Improve Data Center Security in 2014

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With 2014 fast approaching, updating data center security systems for the new year is a key concern. The increased level of enforcement of U.S. data protection regulations in 2014 (HIPAA and PCI DSS, for example) has many IT professionals turning to increased physical security measures to protect confidential data. These measures include remotely monitored and controlled electronic access solutions (EAS) at the rack level.

Intelligent locking mechanisms help to secure important data and are an effective solution for upgrading the security of existing cabinets. Combined with an appropriate access control device, electronic locks can be easily networked into the overall datacenter security system to provide remote access control and monitoring down to the rack level.

Incorporating electronic access solutions into cabinet designs offers a variety of benefits to the data center:

1. Rack level EAS eliminates physical key management issues. With an electronic access system in place, electronic credentials can be easily added or removed from the authorized access list, eliminating key distribution. Updates can easily be made from a single remote location.

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2. Cabinet level electronic locking systems integrate with existing systems. Electronic locks at the cabinet level can be linked to networked access control and data center infrastructure management (DCIMs) to provide remote monitoring and control of physical access to the equipment that store and processes sensitive data.

3. Rack level EAS provides audit trail capabilities. EAS reporting can provide useful data during a security breach, such as which credential was used to activate the electronic lock, time and duration of the event, and if access was activated electronically or mechanically.

To learn more about how Electronic Access Solutions can improve security, visit Southco’s Electronic Access Solutions Microsite.

Saving Time and Effort with Hand-Operated Cam and Compression Latches

When designing enclosures, incorporating cam or compression latches allow for quick and easy access to a door or panel. Depending on the needs of application, the need for fast access may take priority over the need for enhanced security. Choosing a cam or compression latch with a hand-operated head style for example, can make a difference not only in speed

Reduce the Risk of PC Board Damage With Surface Mount Technology (SMT)

Southco is pleased to announce the introduction of its Surface Mount Technology (SMT) for Printed Circuit (PC) board assembly. This next generation fastening technique simplifies the installation of captive hardware to PC boards by eliminating additional mechanical assembly. The risk of damaging a high-value board when attaching captive hardware is a key

Our Miniature Captive Screw . . . Now Available in Color

Designating and identifying access points in applications is a colorful activity with Southco’s new 52 Miniature Over-Molded Captive Screw. The newest extension to our captive screw line features a plastic, over-molded screw head which is available in standard color options, as well as custom colors matched to customer specifications, product styling

New and Improved Electronic Swinghandle Features Built-in Proximity Reader

Southco’s popular electronic swinghandle is now available with an integrated proximity reader, allowing our customers to seamlessly add additional keyless entry points to existing security systems. Southco’s new H3-EM Electronic Locking Swinghandle with Integrated Proximity Reader produces a standard 26 bit Wiegand output and accepts HID 125 kHz pro

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 whe

Electromechanical Latching Goes High(er) Tech

There is no question-- electronic record keeping is now the norm. But as the technology has advanced, so too has the opportunity to exploit it. Fortunately, a unique partnership has resulted in the industry’s first biometric-integrated latch for computer server racks. Southco has teamed with Digitus Biometrics to secure data right down to the rack level in