Today, organizations face an expanding landscape of cyber security threat as well as Physical security threat like never before. In fact, active vulnerability scanning reveals a convergence of cyber and physical Security threats.
These threats that have actually resulted in the loss of billion of dollars to business organizations and enterprises according to recent reports by Hiscus, a global specialist Insurer, are mostly perpetrated by internal and external collaborators.
Anticipated and active Security program by businesses organizations and enterprises can save a company from losses accruing from operation disruption and theft of information. Corporate Security leaders are therefore encouraged to constantly review and carry out security and risk assessment, and put necessary security measures in place.
In this article, we shall be examining those facilities/offices in a corporate business environment that we have considered ‘High Risk’ and that should not be left without an Access Control and identify management system installed. We shall also look at why this is important.
Server room houses the computing and network infrastructures such as servers, routers and switches that manage data traffic flow in and out necessary to support and aid business operations. The devices and equipment in a server room can cost several millions of dollar.
For enterprise or company that operates several branches which are interconnected, each server room is a cyber link to the whole business operation of the company. In this case, any security breach can spell a serious business disruption or lost of data and information that can put the company out of business all together.
For those company that have decided to host their server on premise, to avoid the case of some of the worst security breach of 21st century as part of information security measures the door to server room or data center must be equipped with an access control and identify management system, restrict access to unauthorized personnel, and take audit track of those personnel who have access right.
A control room is a central point that monitors and/or deploys resources — be these process controls or human resources.
In a business setting like the banking industry, the control center is very key to banking operations, resource allocation, and financial controls. Any physical Security breach can spell huge consequences. In this space, internal collaborators can also breach protocol and reallocate resources to an external collaborator for the perpetration of fraud, disruption of business that may stand a huge loss for the bank.
Control rooms are central point for the coordination of operation and allocation of resources and they come in different business environment such as security monitoring and control, power generating station monitoring and control, banking control center, traffic management monitoring and control and so on. Considering the central importance of the a control room, it is highly important to put necessary security measures in place to protect against internal and external adversaries.
A Network Operations Center or NOC is a centralized location where IT support technicians can supervise, monitor and maintain client networks. They perform key functions such as software distribution and updating, performance monitoring, coordination with affiliated networks, network troubleshooting, and router and domain name management.
Network Operations center still fall under control room as discussed above but can be highly specialized to maintain telecommunication (voice and data) operations and services. The doors in a NOC facility must be secured with access control and identify management system.
An accounting office is a facility that holds an organization’s records of financial and physical assets and liabilities whether in hard copy form or digital. Accounting office also operate day-to-day financial transactions that are key to business operations such as processing outward payments and receiving inward payments, tracking income and expenditures, preparing bills, financial statement, contracts and reports.
The accounting office definitely holds information that are important to an external and internal adversary and a gateway to the company’s financial resource control. anyone who entered this office must be tracked with an access control and identity management system, as well as to restrict access to only authorised personnel.
A contact center — also referred to as a customer interaction center or call center — is a central facility from which all customer interactions across various channels are managed. Their primary purpose is to provide customers with efficient and effective technical support, customer service and sales assistance.
The infrastructures made available in a contact center for its functions provide direct access to customers’ information and financial data (as it is in a banking call center), and transaction history. Any security breach will put customers’ data and information into the hands of criminals. Meanwhile, today privacy laws can slam the company a huge fine.
Stringent security measures including access control and identity management should and active internal control should be enforced by CSO’s. Each contact or call agent should be assigned a unique ID to assist auditing when needed.
Data archiving protects older data that is not needed for everyday operations of an organization that is no longer needed for everyday access. Data Archiving reduces primary storage required, and allows an organization to maintain data that may be required for regulatory or other requirements.
Archiving is vital for business continuity and ensuring the highest level of performance in a competitive marketplace. The information and data kept in a physical archive facility are very vital to the organization though may not be immediately needed and how are usually kept to prevent data loss full legal purpose all requirements for security reasons.
For this reasons, to prevent data breach it is important that the door to a physical archive facility should be protected with an access control and identity management to ensure that only authorized employee have access to the archive and the employee are audited in a central access control server.
The aforementioned facilities are rated high risk to any business organization and enterprise. The risk involved when any of these facilities is breached can put an organization out of business or inflict great financial losses and/or serious disruption of business operations. Access control and identity management system is a first security approach for this facilities. If the door to your server room or data center is not secured with an access control neither are your IT resources.
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