What Level of Physical Security Does a Municipal Data Center Require?

Municipal data centers require physical security to ward against physical threats and intrusions. These goals are accomplished through a variety of methods, including access control systems, physical barriers and 24/7 monitoring. Although complex and costly, physical security measures must be incorporated to keep the facility operating.

A hallmark of a physically secure data center involves multiple security layers. These examples of these layers might include things like:

  • Multiple authentications for anyone entering a secure part of the data center or building
  • Entry systems that prohibit someone from “tail-gating” behind another person. Nobody can be allowed to sneak into a data center without being authenticated.
  • Mantraps consisting of two separate doors with an airlock between them. Only one door can be opened at a time. To gain entry into the facility, visitors must be authenticated at both doors.
  • Access to critical areas that house servers and other sensitive IT equipment should be granted on an as-needed basis.
  • A combination of artificial and natural barriers around the facility’s perimeter.
  • Sophisticated key card systems and security personnel to aid in access control.
  • Cameras and 24/7 monitoring systems to record all activity, especially at entrance and exit points. This monitoring keeps track of the “who, what, where and when” of access.
  • Security policies and practices published, distributed, reviewed, tested and updated on a regular basis by the service provider.

Assess Your Local Government’s Data Center Risk

If you’d like to better understand your municipal government’s level of data center risk, take FairPoint Communications’ “Risk Assessment Questionnaire for Municipalities.” By answering nine multiple-choice questions, you’ll gain helpful insight into your municipality’s risk exposure – high-, medium- or low-risk.

FairPoint Communications’ data centers provide organizations with network connectivity and rack space in physically secure, reliable locations. Municipalities can use this space as primary or secondary data center sites. In addition, data center colocation space can also be employed as an essential part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. FairPoint’s data centers are strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and physical security features.

For data center colocation services that address your municipal government’s requirements, call FairPoint Communications (1.866.984.4001) or visit www.FairPoint.com/businessclassdatacenter.

Vice President
Karen Romano is Vice President, Government and Education at FairPoint Communications, a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England and 14 other states across the U.S.