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As Security Needs Evolve, Data Center Colocation Supports Security Advances

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As Needs Evolve, Data Center Colocation Supports Security Advances

The dual advances of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing are transforming data centers rapidly and on multiple levels. Increased real-time data processing demands present providers with a host of challenges, not the least of which is security as noted in Gartner’s report, “Predicts 2015: Security Solutions.”1 The report’s key findings included:

  • Expected convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) security and information security technologies will drive demand for integrated threat intelligence capabilities.
  • Endpoint protection platform (EPP) providers will be compelled to add key endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities to remain competitive.
  • Demand for cloud-delivered capabilities will propel the security analytics market over the next three years

Consider the risks to privacy that can result as the objects within the IoT gather fragments of data. The aggregation of that data can reveal personal information when viewed in certain contexts. (As an example, the data collected by tracking purchase behaviors can provide retailers with insights into an individual’s religion, health concerns or even an upcoming pregnancy.) The route the data takes to a provider also opens up the potential for security and privacy issues.

As companies plan to establish and maintain secure IT in this fluid environment, working with colocation providers can help. Among the recommendations cited by Gartner analysts in the previously cited research: “Current threat intelligence service providers must develop new partnering strategies to be able to integrate threat intelligence data from industry specialists with a focus on the IoT.”1

Data center colocation is one such strategy.

Among the ways data center colocation supports security advances:

  • Advanced network services. These services can both isolate and control internal connectivity within the facility while improving data security of information going out over the extended network. Multiple layers of firewalls segregate data sets as required, assuring that data moving between systems is not accessed without authorization.
  • Physical security. Physical access control is a standard of data center colocation providers. Typically, it involves multiple layers of accessibility to get into the colocation facility, as well as highly secure segregation of areas within the facility based on customer usage and operational needs.
  • Best practices for regulatory compliance. Colocation providers that undergo regular assessment for regulatory and industry standards compliance can be resources that help speed and simplify what often is a complex and time-consuming organizational process.
  • State-of-the-art security services. Colocation providers often employ advanced security services and best practices that their customers likely couldn’t afford on their own or have the internal resources to manage.

According to Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, “Data center operations and providers will need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management platforms that can include a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system approach of aligning IT and operational technology (OT) standards and communications protocols to be able to proactively provide the production facility to process the IoT data points based on the priorities and the business needs.2

IT organizations can expect data center colocation providers to be on the leading edge of this development

  1. Gartner Research, “Predicts 2015: Security Solutions,” Ruggero Contu, Sid Deshpande, Lawrence Pingree, Eric Ahlm, Craig Lawson, November 18, 2014.
  2. Gartner Press Release, “Gartner Says the Internet of Things Will Transform the Data Center,” March 19, 2014. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2684616.

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