What Is Data Centre Risk Assessment?
Data is the lifeline of every organization. However, there are many challenges when it comes to managing critical data while ensuring compliance. This is why data centers are regarded as a storage facility and as a key part of most businesses because they help in safeguarding data while ensuring that it is available anywhere and anytime.
What Are Data Centers and What Do They Do?
Data centers are physical facilities where businesses house their critical applications and information. While data centers are often referred to as a singular entity, they often consist of various hardware and software resources, such as routers, switches, servers, storage systems, firewalls, and more. These entities are essential for storing and managing business-critical data and applications to ensure an enterprise’s continuous operations.
Data centers face a significant amount of risks every day, and these risks can have devastating consequences on the day-to-day operation of a business. Hence, a data center risk assessment is vital to identify those risks, mitigate them, and determine the data center’s level of resilience.
What Are the Types of Data Centers?
Organizations use different types of data centers based on their topology, energy efficiency, and various other factors. There are three major types of data centers –
- Enterprise Data Centres – built and managed within the organization
- Managed Services Data Centres – managed by the third party of managed service providers
- Cloud Data Centres – hosted by cloud service providers, managed off-premises
Data Centre Risk Assessment Methodology
A standard risk assessment methodology prioritizes security risks based on their severity and conducts data center risk assessment.
Why Is Data Centre Risk Assessment Required?
A data center risk assessment is required to ensure that major risks are identified and the current level of resilience of the data center is determined.
In addition to ensuring critical business applications’ continuous operations, it is also necessary to establish a comprehensive and forward-looking capacity management plan that commensurate with its potential future business growth plans.
As some businesses are required to demonstrate regulatory compliance and meet local requirements, they must carry out data center risk assessment at least once every three years or whenever there is a change in the data infrastructure.
Datacenter risk assessment can also help organizations benchmark against leading practices and standards and better understand their performance level and internal benchmarks.
Who Needs It?
- Organizations that must comply with business, legal, contractual, and regulatory requirements.
- Organizations that want to determine if their data center is concurrently maintainable and has a unified view of its infrastructure in-real time
- Organizations that want to ascertain if their data center can activate and restore IT applications, and have adequate maintenance and continuous monitoring
- Organizations that are looking to identify and prioritize issues to mitigate risks and reduce monetary costs associated with data center downtime
- Not identifying and mitigating risks can cause significant disruptions to daily operations, business losses
- Ineffective monitoring of critical components and management of staff who are authorized to access the facility can lead to security breaches
- May not be able to determine whether the dedicated space is physically secure and is not located in a disaster-prone area
- Lack of ability to identify a single point of failure (SPOF) in the system’s architecture to prevent system failures which can take down an entire system
- Unable to contend with external risks, such as human-caused events, natural disasters, power outages and more
EGS comprises advisory and technical teams with years of corporate, field, and consulting experience in information security. Our accomplished team allows EGS to demonstrate a vast knowledge of industry standards, benchmarks, and best practices that assure the best solution is offered to our clients. Each consultant assigned to the clients is a noted and published expert in his or her respective fields. Information security, operational risk consulting, and advisory is the sole focus of our practice and not the sideline interest of a general consulting company.
As an addition, EGS assigns a team of professionals’ onsite and can make available a much broader team of exceptionally credentialed operational risk and resiliency experts – in business continuity management, IT disaster recovery, emergency, and crisis management, cybersecurity forensics, and crisis media management strategy at our client’s disposal, if required.
Even more broadly, EGS is dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory, and economic environment – with consulting professionals helping anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges. EGS has the reach and expert resources located globally to provide our clients with broader expertise in this area.
EC-Council Global Services can help you carry out a comprehensive data center risk assessment on your facility’s critical infrastructures, mechanical and electrical systems, and operations.
- We are part of the world’s leading cybersecurity certification body, EC-Council
- We can help you to identify the different kinds of threats to your operations and manage those risks effectively
- We can help you to improve the efficiency of your security processes and business operations
- We are committed to helping you to prioritize efforts on your critical systems and ensure high availability with a cumulative unplanned downtime
- We can help you to align your work processes with TIA & ISO frameworks, and other notable frameworks and standards