Our world is becoming increasingly digital and connected. The digitalisation and adoption of new, data driven technologies by businesses and individuals generates vast amounts of data. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, global traffic was 1.2 zettabytes (ZB) in 2016 and will reach 3.3 ZB by 2021, nearly a threefold rise over five years.* At the heart of all of this is the data centre, which is evolving into a mission critical part of the business. The size and footprint of data centres have been expanding steadily, as has the reliance on their uninterrupted operation. Companies know that continuous operation is vital and that protection of equipment is paramount in maintaining credibility. Measures such as: 24/7 on site engineering teams to deal with any service disruptions, biometric site access controls and round-the-clock security are now standard for industry leaders.
Remarkably, the world is experiencing a marked increase in cybersecurity threats and with it a rise in hybrid physical and cyber-attacks. Hardware theft has also been rising in recent years as there is a lucrative, global black market for computer equipment. Technologically trained hackers and thieves target security systems consisting of smart doors, networked security cameras, locks and alarms. If they gain control over these systems, they can open doors and gates, which allows them entry into confidential areas. These breaches are usually very costly for businesses and protecting against them requires adequate security arrangements, involving physical and technological measures.
*Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Trends, 2017–2022