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Enabling data security compliance through intelligent rack level locking
With the massive growth in data centres and data centre technology comes a need for tighter security and compliance around increasing data security requirements. Southco recognises the data compliance landscape and proves how taking electronic, intelligent security to the data rack level helps to achieve data security compliance and reduce the risk of accidental or intentional data breach. 

Countering the Threat of Physical Security Breaches in Colocation Centers

While there is widespread awareness of the many digital attacks that compromise data, less is said about the physical threats to information stored in data centres. Despite extensive measures in place to secure the perimeter of a data centre, often the biggest threat to security can come from within. It is not uncommon for individuals entering these facilities to cause accidental security breaches. In fact, IBM Research states that 45 percent of breaches occur as a result of unauthorized access, costing over $400B annually.

This issue is particularly prevalent for colocation data centre providers, who host data cabinets for multiple clients. Each server cabinet should be secured at the rack level with access only granted to authorized personnel. Traditionally, access to individual racks has been protected by key-based systems with manual access management. In some instances, data centre managers have turned to a more advanced coded key system, but even this approach provides little in the way of security—and no record of who has accessed the data centre cabinets.

Electronic Access Solutions Enhance Physical Security
To alleviate the problem of unauthorized access and concerns surrounding data security, traditional security systems are quickly being replaced by intelligent electronic access solutions. Above all, these solutions provide a comprehensive locking facility while offering fully embedded monitoring and tracking capabilities. They are a vital element of a fully integrated access-control system, bringing reliable access management to the individual rack. The system also enables the creation of individual access credentials for different parts of the rack, all while eliminating the need for cages, thereby saving costs.

Credential Management
Physical access to the rack can be obtained using an RFID card, pin code combination, BLUETOOTH®, Near Field Communication (NFC) or biometric identifications. The addition of a manual override key lock allows emergency access to the server cabinet. Even in the event that security needs to be overridden, an electronic access solution can still track the audit trail, monitoring time and rack activity. Solutions such as this have been designed to lead protection efforts against physical security breaches in data centres all over the world.


By enhancing security at the individual rack level, providers can restrict rack access to only those with authority, which is especially relevant in colocated data centres, where data cabinets are under threat from both accidental and malicious breaches. Installing the right  electronic access solution can help to eliminate costly breaches in a short time-frame and maximize colocation security.   

About Southco
For over 70 years, Southco has helped the world’s most recognized brands create value for their customers with innovative access solutions designed to enhance the touch points of their products in transportation and industrial applications, medical equipment, data centers and more.
With unrivalled engineering resources, innovative products and a dedicated global team, Southco delivers the broadest portfolio of premium access solutions available to equipment designers throughout the world. We proudly serve over 100k customers in 83 countries, with sales, engineering and customer support in 30+ countries, and 17 manufacturing and stocking locations in 9 countries.