Securing Data Centers: The Human Element

Securing Data Centers: The Human Element

April 12, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sands 302 Level 1


Data centers become an attractive target for a wide array of threat actors and are difficult to protect with standard and passive security programs. One of the greatest challenges in securing a data center is derived from the nature of the protected asset and consequently, from the type of threats to the asset. An effective attack on a data center does not necessarily require weapons, explosives, or any other “traditional” means of attack. Instead, many of the threats to these assets may be executed without any means at all other than the know-how of the aggressor, and if any, these means may be objects that will not be categorized as weapons.

This presentation will address the unique challenges faced by data centers security, and suggest approach and solutions that emphasize the human elements of the security system in this operational environment. In a nutshell, this approach adds to the traditional focus on detecting means of attack capabilities and tools to detect harmful intent of potential perpetrators.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Review the threats to data centers.
2. Assess the unique challenges of physical security for data centers.
3. Become familiar with principles and implementation of threat detection and mitigation elements for data centers.


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