The Role of Physical Security in Maintaining Network Security
What Are Some Common Physical Security Considerations?
If you are attempting to protect and secure physical access to your network, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Who can access your data?
How many people can access it, and who regulates this access? Unchecked access increases the risk of data theft or abuse (“Unstructured data growth,” 2021).
Where is your data stored?
Is your data in a location that is safe? Is it stored offline (for example, on a flash drive or hard drive that is disconnected from the internet)? Is it online? Is it backed up in the cloud?
How valuable is your data?
You need to determine the value of your data. If your data is particularly high value, you will likely need to enhance your physical security measures accordingly.
How can you ensure real-time alerting and continuous monitoring of data?
This is necessary to identify and address potential theft of computer equipment or unauthorized access at a company computer.
What Are Some of the Primary Threats to Physical Security?
Threats to physical security take many forms (Ahola, n.d.), including:
- Human error, such as letting unauthorized individuals gain access to the network.
- Intentional acts of sabotage or corporate espionage.
- Natural disasters or terrorist attacks that can physically destroy devices or servers.
How Can You Strengthen Physical Security?
- Encourage appropriate theft protection. Make sure that your organization’s employees are trained on how to prevent and respond to the theft of computers, mobile devices, and other hardware and devices. Ensure that you have an appropriate plan to wipe devices that are stolen, and confirm that your employees know what to do if any sensitive device goes missing from their possession.
- Allow remote device clearing and location services. Some apps can track devices and enable remote access in the event that they are stolen or go missing. This protects data against unauthorized access by enabling you to clear valuable information from lost or stolen devices.
Ahola, M. (n.d.). Top 5 physical security risks—and how to protect your business. Usecure. https://blog.usecure.io/physical-security-risks
EC-Council. (2022). What is network security?https://www.eccouncil.org/network-security/
Morphean. (2020, February 26). 77% of IT managers report physical security is not optimized, Morphean survey reveals [Press release]. PR Newswire. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/77-of-it-managers-report-physical-security-is-not-optimized-morphean-survey-reveals-301010574.html
Unstructured data growth increases risk of ransomware and data breaches. (2021, October 6). Security Magazine. https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/96248-unstructured-data-growth-increases-risk-of-ransomware-and-data-breaches