What happens if you work for a million-dollar bank, and robbers attempt to physically attack the bank for bankers’ information, so they can access their accounts online and hopefully gain access to other sensitive accounts? This makes you think about the bank’s physical security, right? Like where are the security guards, did the emergency alarm go off, and how will they get into the database in the server room if the door is locked? When asking these questions, it proves that physical security is highly needed for database information security just as much as any other security.
“Physical security is the protection of personnel, hardware, software, networks and data from physical actions and events that could cause serious loss or damage to an enterprise, agency or institution. This includes protection from fire, flood, natural disasters, burglary, theft, vandalism and terrorism” (Rouse, 2016).
Forms of physical database security includes:
- Locked doors
- Biometric locks
- Surveillance cameras
- Badge scans
- Security guards
- Emergency alarm and procedures
- Not allowing unauthorized users to access areas around database, servers, or computers (example: cleaners)
Unfortunately, physical security is frequently overlooked and very underestimated. “Breaches of physical security can be carried out with brute force and little or no technical knowledge on the part of an attacker” (Rouse, 2016). Most organizations often think about physical security once it’s too late. However, physical security is vital and should be taken seriously now.
Rouse, M. (2016, September). Physical Security. Retrieved from Search Security: http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/physical-security