Alcatraz AI is looking to help organizations get informed about data center security. To that end, the biometrics specialist has published a new eBook on “Using Facial Authentication and AI to Elevate Security in Data Centers“.
The document begins with a strong argument that data center security is more important than ever. Citing PCMag, Alcatraz notes that overall data usage increased by 47 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic as the latter compelled organizations across various sectors to switch to remote work and services.
Unfortunately, despite the importance of these data centers, organizations are still relying on the same old techniques to secure them. Despite a growing awareness of the need for strong cybersecurity – Gartner predicts IT security spending to reach $170.4 billion this year – organizations are too often ignoring the physical security needed to guard IT infrastructure.
Employee access cards can be lost or stolen; security guards are expensive and vulnerable to errors in judgment; and even fingerprint readers can be spoofed by sophisticated fraudsters. And the consequences can be dire: the 2020 Cost of Data Breach Report from Security Intelligence asserts that 10 percent of malicious data breaches that year were the result of a physical security breach, with each incident costing $4.36 million on average.
For its part, Alcatraz AI offers a compelling solution based on facial recognition. It effectively turns an employee’s face into their employee badge, enabling frictionless access to data centers for those who have the appropriate permissions, and automatically locking the door on those who don’t. This approach dispenses with the need for guards and the hassle of managing physical credentials, automating the security process while making it more convenient for staff.
What’s more, the Alcatraz Rock access control system itself features tamper-proof covering, and can easily be integrated into physical locations with support for Wiegand/OSDP inputs and outputs.
The full eBook has plenty more information about this solution and about the problem of data center security more generally. It can be downloaded for free through Alcatraz’s website. Security industry professionals will also be able to ask more about the issue and Alcatraz’s solution in person at this year’s ISC West conference in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to run from March 22 to 25.