In a recent survey by Global Workplace Analytics, a research-based consulting firm, found that 56% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is at least partially compatible with remote work and that at least 25-30% of the workforce will be working at home for more than one day a week over the next two years. Additionally, the company’s research found that 90% of remote workers plan on working remotely for the rest of their careers. It’s no secret that many of us have moved to home offices due to the pandemic, and a vast number of us remote workers are happy with our new home offices and flexibility. This has led to enterprises spending 34% more (a total of 130 billion U.S. dollars) on cloud infrastructure services that could withstand all the activity.
Today, the demand for modern networking, storage, and database solutions is at an all-time high. With this increase in demand, there has also been a stark rise in cyberattacks due to the expansion of the threat surface with the upsurge in remote workers. According to Help Net Security, ransomware attacks shot up 150 percent in a year as employees sign on to office systems using mobile phones, tablets, personal computers, IoT devices, and other technology. This has only created a playground for hackers who are now finding it easier to circumvent company firewalls and exploit different vulnerabilities. Beyond this challenge, many other security vulnerabilities and frictions exist that the enterprise and data center industry must address, many of which begin at the door.
Challenges the Enterprise and Data Center Industry is Facing
Data centers enable massive-scale operations and power online activities that make life more comfortable and manageable, which is all the more reason why we must protect them. Traditional security methods such as badge IDs, security guards, and fingerprint readers won’t do the trick anymore- especially if a company has multiple locations to protect and keep an eye on at all times. While these methods may have been efficient initially, trespassers quickly learn how to utilize their weak points to their advantage.
Data center operators must find a high-tech access control solution that is cost-effective, touchless, easy to install, uniquely identifies employees, and comes equipped with various safety features that protect against common security breaches. Modern access control technology can now leverage artificial intelligence (AI) innovations and open standards to detect and adapt to environmental changes. Compared to a human security guard and traditional access cards, an AI-based system, like the Alcatraz Rock, can process more data faster and more accurately without bias or distraction. It can leverage that intelligence to become risk-adaptive, adjusting access permissions based on risk levels.
Another primary concern of data centers is not having accurate, real-time monitoring to identify issues or anomalies that signify a security breach – and access control cards directly interfere with real-time tracking. If a trespasser were to use a stolen card or follow an authorized employee through an entryway, very little could be done to detect this wrongdoer before it was too late. 3D facial authentication systems like Alcatraz’s Rock will only grant access to those registered in the system and deny access to those who are not.
Finally, traditional access control systems are ill-equipped to comply with the safety mandates enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like card scanners and fingerprint readers, many require employees to touch a common surface to gain entry. The Alcatraz Rock has been created with employee safety in mind. In addition to securing perimeters, the Rock comes equipped with features like temperature scanning and mask detection, which are critical during this time. The touchless technology of the Rock allows it to scan individuals from a safe distance and grant entry only to those who have an average temperature and are wearing masks properly.
Elevate your Enterprise and Data Center Security
AI-enabled access control is the answer to data center physical security because it safeguards valuable assets from emerging threats, unlike any other access control offering on the market. The Alcatraz Rock’s intelligent interface enables data centers to deploy a touchless, accurate, and adaptable access control solution built to address current and future scenarios, from tailgating detection to COVID-19 safety measures. These innovative features make the Alcatraz Rock the clear leader in the physical access control space, ensuring premier security and ultimate employee safety.