Protecting the Backbone of the Digital World: The Critical Role of Layer-1 Cybersecurity in Data Center Defense

Data centers are the backbone of the digital world, and securing them becomes critical as the world becomes increasingly data-driven. Cybersecurity is no longer just a concern for IT professionals; it is a business issue that affects the entire organization. Layer-1 infrastructure security is often overlooked, yet it is the first defense in data center cyber security. Organizations must protect and manage their network infrastructure to avoid devastating costs and critical downtime in the event of a cyber attack.

Data breaches have become more common and costly, with the average data breach cost in the United States at $8.64 million in 2020, according to a report by the Ponemon Institute. Cybersecurity threats are increasingly sophisticated, and organizations must be vigilant in protecting their Layer-1 infrastructure.

Layer-1 infrastructure includes fiber optic cables and interconnect points, which can be easily targeted for attacks aimed at tapping into data or disrupting service. While access control and other security measures against outsiders may give a company a false sense of security, it is essential to remember that insider threats can be equally dangerous and devastating. Insider threats account for approximately 34% of all data breaches as they are authorized to access sensitive data and systems, and the number is increasing year over year, according to a report by Verizon. Co-location data centers are particularly vulnerable to insider threats due to the vast amounts of data passed from cage to cage, which means an attack on the infrastructure can be be performed between the secure cages and an attack on one tenant can also affect other tenants.

It is, therefore, essential to consider a solution that protects and manages network infrastructure. By taking a proactive approach to network security, organizations can ensure that their valuable assets are protected from attacks, and that downtime is minimized during an intrusion.

The traditional physical security options for data centers, such as EMT and metallic conduit, are no longer sufficient to prevent cyber attacks. They are expensive, difficult to install, and do not provide any real-time situational awareness, leaving security personnel blind to potential threats. In today's rapidly evolving cyber landscape, relying solely on these outdated methods is like leaving the front door of a house unlocked.

The Solution:

Adopting the cutting-edge VANGUARD CS Network Infrastructure Cyber Security Solution is the solution. Leading providers have embraced the need to safeguard their Layer-1 infrastructure and are incorporating this solution into their security profile. VANGUARD CS uses defense-grade technologies developed and used by the US Government and Military and can detect and respond to even the slightest event that could indicate unauthorized access, intrusions, tampering, or damage to the network infrastructure. By utilizing this solution, data centers can have comprehensive cybersecurity, situational awareness, real-time detection, and streamlined response to threats, ensuring that data centers are fully protected against cyber attacks.

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In conclusion, data centers are crucial to the digital world, and securing them is an organization's top priority. Layer-1 infrastructure security is often overlooked, but it is the first line of defense in data center cyber security. A solution that protects and manages network infrastructure is essential to prevent costly downtime and maintain the company's overall security. With the implementation of VANGUARD CS, data centers can rest assured that their Layer-1 infrastructure is fully protected against potential cyber-attacks.

Network Integrity Systems (NIS) was founded in 2003 to develop a solution for physically protecting secure fiber optic networks in and around The Pentagon, resulting in the development of the INTERCEPTOR™ Optical Network Security System. NIS has since received 36 US and foreign patents and expanded into perimeter security with the Sentinel Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, making it an integrated cyber and physical security solutions provider. Interested in a free security assessment? Contact NIS today!



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