Secure your storage servers

Secure your storage servers
Rick Cook

The biggest problem with the "stick-it-in-a-corner" school of installing storage devices such as servers, disk arrays and NAS filers is that it doesn't provide security for them. That leaves them vulnerable to everything from malicious employees to a janitor kicking the plug out of the wall.

From the workgroup to the enterprise, storage needs to be secured, just as LAN servers need to be secured. One of the elementary methods of securing storage is to put the devices under lock and key. This can be as simple as a locked (but well ventilated) cabinet containing the storage devices, to a separate room or closet where they are kept. If more than one person is authorized access to the area there should be a log showing with sign-in and sign-out for everyone who uses it.

The keys, cards or other access devices to the storage site need to be tracked and carefully accounted for. However it's also important that someone always be available on site that can get to the storage area if needed.

Astrum software has a white paper discussing planning physical space for storage at its web site (

Requires Free Membership to View

www.astrumsoftware.com) that includes a discussion of security.

Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.

Did you like this tip? Whether you did or not, why not let us know. Drop us an email and sound off.

Related Book

CERT® Guide to System and Network Security Practices, The: The SEI Series in Software Engineering
Author : Julia H. Allen
Publisher : Addison Wesley
Published : Jun 2001
Summary :
This is an authoritative security handbook from the CERT Coordination Center, the oldest computer security response group in existence and part of the SEI Institute, and Carnegie Mellon University. With a practical, stepwise approach, the book shows students how to protect systems and networks against malicious and inadvertent compromise.

This was first published in July 2001

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.