5 Ways Cloud Providers Can Manage Secure Server



How to manage hardware security when decommissioning a hyper-scale data center

Physical IT security is important in ensuring the prevention of data from being compromised in a physical way. In a recent report, 63 percent of organizations reported security breaches over the last year due to hardware vulnerabilities, and only 59 percent of those companies had an implemented hardware security strategy. These vulnerabilities have become a target as cybercriminals face stronger security precautions and technologies by other means.

As data threats increase, many are looking to prioritize integrating methods for improving physical security during server decommissioning. Here are five things you can do to manage secure data center decommissioning.

  1. Track and Report on all Inventory

Strong IT asset inventory lists can be the backbone of an IT asset disposal and decommissioning program. If a data center manages an updated asset inventory list, ideally mapped by the grid, coordinate, software, hardware, and more, the vendor can map out their job and provide a more accurate estimate of how long the process will take. Ongoing management of an IT asset inventory list helps ensure all items are accounted for, all assets can be located by tracking cabinet and rack slot, and can later be referenced when tracking disposition.

Keeping that list up to date and managing data destruction for every data storage device is where execution and daily management can become a challenge. IT asset disposition (ITAD) portal systems are useful for managing this information. Recorded details might include making, model, serial number, and how and when the asset was reused or redeployed. ITAD vendors usually offer this as a part of their service and Sims Lifecycle Services (SLS), in particular, can offer multiple currencies and additional data capture for clients with unique requirements.

The SLS portal system can support pickup requests, asset tracking, asset resale through e-commerce, reporting, and certificates of data destruction.


  1. Place Data Storage Devices in Caged-Off Areas

The use of strong and secure server cages in data centers can keep data safe and separated at all times. Security cages can be effective in securing the entrance to a computer server room or area where there is stored IT equipment.

When replacing servers, you need a secure process when removing assets from a storage area as well. Many utilize locked storage containers for hard drives or storage devices, so they can be securely transported offsite for data destruction or removal. In some cases, onsite shredding or data wiping may take place prior to being sent to an ITAD site for further processing.

  1. Perform Data Destruction On-Site

On-site data destruction services have become useful for providing a secure option for hard drives prior to being removed from a site. Witness destruction options can also enable you to view the physical destruction of these devices as it takes place, and before equipment is transported away for recycling, providing proof of data security.

If the equipment is being reused, data wiping should be performed by a professional certified data destruction vendor who can wipe according to industry guidelines for media sanitization. Two wiping standards often used in the industry include NIST SP 800-88 r1 in the United States and HMG IA Infosec No5 in the United Kingdom.

Additional strategies tend to be unique to each organization and its needs. Working with a professional to perform data destruction services at your data center is how many can successfully manage IT security.

  1. Utilize IT Smart Hands Services

A smart hands service is a great option to utilize if you require on-site technicians. These specialized ITAD technicians manage data destruction of replaced or unused servers, storage, or network equipment. These services are intended to be a less-expensive alternative to hiring certified technicians and provide an option for a specialized and compliant service that can be utilized 24/7.

These services generally include,

  • inventory control
  • data destruction
  • IT resale or redeployment, and
  • electronics recycling

Utilizing smart hands services can offer full-time accountability for assets, compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, and environmentally responsible disposition.

  1. Consult with the Experts

When managing IT asset disposition and data center decommissioning services each company has unique needs and requirements. From a global perspective, when managing assets in different locations around the world, regulations will vary by region/country. Having a strategic advisor for global ITAD available to help guide you on regulations and legislation, will offer a great impact on the overall integrity of your program.

ITAD and security did well go hand in hand. Lack of expertise, general carelessness, and unexpected delays can result in a higher cost than just unrecovered value. Ultimately, IT asset disposition is only as effective as the safeguards you put in place and the vendors you choose.

Additionally, ensuring a smooth vendor transition is important to ensure you are receiving the service you signed up for.


Author: SLS Media