Everyone knows that data center security is, if not the most critical aspect of any business, one of the top concerns for a CIO. Biometric technology is rapidly coming to the forefront as a security solution but once a state-of-the-art, fingerprint scanning protocol is put in place, how does a provider get employees up to operational status? Antonella Corno of Cisco in a Data Center Knowledge article made some suggestions as to how executives can facilitate a quicker learning curve for employee training..

Virtual data centers
Technology continues its rapid growth with no let-up forecast for the near-future and Corno explained that engineers need flexibility when adapting to changes. She cited the looming deployment of a virtual switch that will change how security is conducted at data centers as an example of quick-changing technology and how provider staff need to keep ahead of those changes. A virtual data center, she said, is much more open-ended and could completely overwhelm an inexperienced or poorly trained employee. Corno urged company executives to look for vendors who are able to realize comprehensive security solutions rather than those that are pushing products and solutions that are specific to an individual discipline.

Protocols after a breach
If a breach occurs at a data security center what does a provider’s staff do? An in-depth Experian survey said that being prepared in advance is the best defense a healthcare provider can offer and there are a number of ways to get your staff prepared and aware of the necessary machinations following a breach. Experian added that negligent employees are the cause of most breaches amongst U.S. companies and these types of breaches the most costly to companies annually.

A comprehensive plan to deal with a breach is in the best interests of any company, advised Experian, and reacting quickly to news of a breach is vital to stemming the flow of private and proprietary information. Companies are urged to prepare for a breach as they would any other emergency situation. That way, everyone’s on the same page as to what actions each team member will take to rectify the problem. Utilizing biometric security, and installing fingerprint scanners at all access points will thwart unauthorized personnel from entering the facility. Put a response team in place to deal with the fallout from the breach.

Taking these simple steps, said the Experian report, can help to prevent expensive incursions into vital company property and save a healthcare provider time and money better used elsewhere in the providers’ operation.

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