Small server rooms and branch offices are typically unorganized, unsecure, hot, unmonitored, and space constrained. These conditions can lead to system downtime or, at the very least, lead to "close calls" that get management's attention. Practical experience with these problems reveals a short list of effective methods to improve the availability of IT operations within small server rooms and branch offices. This paper discusses making realistic improvements to power, cooling, racks, physical security, monitoring, and lighting.
Today's security threats have expanded in their scope and seriousness. There can now be millions -- or even billions -- of dollars at risk when information security isn't handled properly. And beyond that, cybersecurity will define many of the international conflicts of the future.
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