[ISN] Time To Ask Your Cloud Provider About Physical Security

http://www.darkreading.com/cloud-security/167901092/security/security-management/240147567/time-to-ask-your-cloud-provider-about-physical-security.html.html By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer Dark Reading Jan 31, 2013 Data-center operator Rackspace takes the physical security of its facilities seriously. In a post on the topic earlier this month, the company, which declined to be interviewed for this article, outlined some of the standard security procedures it takes to make sure that outsiders, and even rogue employees, do not have unaudited access to their customers’ data. Among the measures are biometric two-factor authentication, video surveillance in all its facilities and monthly access reviews. “Security in the cloud is not just virtual,” Jim Battenberg, cloud evangelist for Rackspace, writes in the post. “There are a host of physical controls that must be in place to ensure secure computing in the cloud.” No wonder: A rash of server thefts from data centers hit the industry in 2008 and served as a lesson to companies to beef up their security. Among the victims, financial house HSBC, Cable & Wireless’s hosting services, and even Peter Gabriel’s Web site. […] ______________________________________________ Visit the InfoSec News Security Bookstore Best Selling Security Books and More! http://www.shopinfosecnews.org