The data center is a service provider. Anything that disrupts (or has the potential to disrupt) the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) fulfilled by the data center is an insecurity/vulnerability that must be addressed promptly. It is critical to periodically conduct an audit to identify risks that affect the physical security and continuity of the data center.
Use this research note as an aid in better understanding how to conduct a data center audit. Notable areas covered include:
- A list of key data center areas that must be audited.
- A list of common data center threats.
- Guidelines on what a data center's ideal security state looks like.
- Seven steps for using ITA Premium's Data Center Security Audit Tool.
In order to protect the data center against all manner of threats, IT must audit current practices. Use the audit results to strengthen security and increase reliability for this all-important asset.