Network Security From the Bottom Up: Before the Firewall, Consider the Lock

Date Added: Jun 2009
Format: PDF

It has been said that the most secure computer is one that's by itself in a locked room. It should be turned off. Obviously, this is not a computing situation that's going to work for most organizations, but the general idea that isolating computers increases security holds true. Securing hardware is important because if a person has physical access to a device, there is almost always a way to take control of it or to get data out of it. This white paper explores ways to improve network security through basic physical security. Whether one is protecting government secrets, complying with HIPAA requirements, or keeping financial information private, one needs to first look at who can physically access the network.