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The Biggest Vulnerabilities of Data Centers and Mitigating Them

By: Jammy Boulton on January 31, 2019

Today’s data storage centers are dynamic, supported by highly connected networks, and also often rely on support from cloud computing. The problem is that these qualities are the very same traits that make them extremely vulnerable to hackers.

One type of hacking strategy that has become increasingly popular in recent years is the now classic Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The idea is to flood the resources or the bandwidth of the targeted system, resulting in a halt in operations. Info Security Magazine warns that DDoS attacks have been growing to become not just more common, but also a lot more amplified in recent years. Every organization with data worth stealing should always anticipate the possibility of DDoS threats.

Formulating a plan against DDoS attacks entails taking pre-emptive security measures that prepare your people and your network in the event of the most amplified attacks against your data centers. This means recognizing initial traces of incoming DDoS attacks, including low-bandwidth, small-scale intrusions that can either be hackers poking around your system for testing or smokescreens for larger, operations-halting attacks. Don’t just rely on a firewall, IPS, or even traffic monitoring – find a mitigation provider who can actually provide reliable safeguards against these attacks. At the same time, you should prepare for the worst case scenario – create and enforce a resiliency plan in the event that a DDoS attack is successful in penetrating your defenses.

Defending against these attacks can be a long process involving trial-and-error, and it doesn't end with prevention. In addition to pre-emptive security measures, Maryville University points out that digital forensics and incident response must also be included as part of a cyber security defense strategy. You need to analyze the most effective DDoS attack methods and cross-reference them with currently available defense. This is one of the best ways to have a realistic idea of how well-defended or vulnerable your data actually is against hackers.

Apart from the all-too-common and growing incidents of DDoS attacks, another potentially huge data center vulnerability is the absence of physical security. This is mainly because companies tend to get distracted by the digital security issues inherent in running data centers, causing security lapses at the very front doors of businesses. This is why companies emphasizes the importance of advanced biometric security measures as the key to implementing truly secure and improved two-factor authentication protocols. The reality is that your own people, whether executives, employees, or customers, are all potential keys for hackers to get inside your system. And by implementing security protocols like retinal scanning, fingerprint scanning, voice recognition, and facial recognition alongside passwords and physical access cards, your organization can protect itself without imposing untoward burdens to anyone involved in data security.

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