It only takes a matter of seconds. Armed with a simple flash memory drive or USB port, an unauthorized user can quickly steal valuable data from a server rack with a working Ethernet connection. For data center managers, quick confirmation of access credentials is crucial in the event of a security breach, especially when faced with penalties and steep fines for non-compliance with data protection laws.
However, managing access to the data center is becoming more complicated as data housing facilities continue to expand their hosting capabilities. From data centers housing information for a single organization to colocation data centers where multiple companies are hosting their data in one location, traditional key management is becoming a significant challenge for facility managers. Personnel from one or several organizations may access the data center at any given time, making key management increasingly difficult to track.