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Physical Security: A Critical Component Of IT Resilience

Global Switch, a provider of purpose-built, high-specification data centres, has released findings from a European survey revealing that the financial services sector continues to lead the way on all aspects of business continuity.

Most notably, banks and insurance companies continue to place the highest importance on the physical security of IT infrastructure compared to any other sector.

86% of the financial institutions polled believe a breach in physical security is the most important consideration when protecting their IT environment.

This is closely followed by access to diverse power supplies and the control of temperature and humidity. As a result this sector has the highest proportion of fit-for-purpose IT environments, be it an own data centre building managed by an in-house team or a specialist data centre building.

In contrast, other sectors questioned about the importance of securing the physical environment expressed differing attitudes to the threats posed by unauthorised access to sensitive equipment and data.

Only 57% of online businesses place significance on providing the highest levels of 'IT security' with maximum physical security in and around the building that houses their IT infrastructure.

This is particularly alarming as 55% of online business choose to house their data centres in traditional office buildings where office-based personnel present the greatest everyday risk.

Attitudes across Europe also differ when it comes to providing the optimum protection for mission-critical IT equipment. Almost 90% of companies surveyed in both the UK and France recognise that physical security is critical to IT resilience.

While organisations least likely to protect their IT infrastructure against intrusion and malicious attacks are located in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.