Cybersecurity – the art of protecting our precious, sensitive information through a specialized set of techniques. What information is being protected one might ask? Well, your overall digital infrastructure of course. We’re sure you’ve read your fair share of cybersecurity articles before, but we want to take a different approach! Instead of scaring you with statistics, we aim to inform you about the current climate and reassure you that your data is protected at 165 Halsey Street.

Keep reading to learn more about the origins of cyber security, our current climate, and how cybersecurity directly relates to data centers. 

The Origins of Cybersecurity

We’ve all heard of the term, but do you know where it actually stemmed from? Why did cybersecurity come into existence? Cybersecurity was born in the 1970s, and as you can imagine – took on a very different meaning than it does today. However, the roots can be traced to the 1960s when “hackers” were only interested in exploring and improving programs, instead of eradicating them. As the decades have passed and technology has far surpassed early predictions, threats take on all new forms. Thankfully, we have talented experts strictly dedicated to squashing these threats, but these unprecedented attacks still happen every single day.

A Cyber “Cold War”

The current climate is something we cannot turn a blind eye to. We need to have all hands on deck and systems a go. Although we’re not surprised at the increase in attacks over the past two years especially, we have to learn from the past and not keep our heads in the sand. Knowledge truly is power. If we get back to basics, there are two main categories of attacks: direct and indirect (both very much still on the horizon). Indirect attacks cause a trickle-down effect, so they don’t necessarily attack you personally, but target your supply chain, transportation, or communications, to name a few. Comparatively, a direct attack occurs when your particular computer is targeted and specific data was stolen or erased.) For our purposes in the telecom industry, we need to inform and protect our clients to the best of our ability. Keep reading for more info on how this all relates.

Cybersecurity and Data Centers

Information loss is the cyber attack’s most expensive component, valued at $5.9 million.” This number is on the rise each year. Data centers have a crystal clear obligation to protect the data being held and processed. It’s our duty to understand the threats, develop strategies, put measures in place for protection, and have everyone on board with these practices. It’s important to note that cybersecurity threats can also be in physical form. This reaches beyond just having a strong perimeter, but encompasses facility controls, cabinet controls, and computer room controls. This is not a set it and forget it scenario. Teams should be periodically trained and briefed to test, reassess, and make adjustments as needed throughout the year. 

Where Does 165 Halsey Street Fit In? 

As one of the original telecom carrier hotels, we understand the current climate, your present needs, and not only anticipate but successfully plan for the future to ensure we continually provide a secure environment for your data. As a world-class colocation facility, we welcome you to reach out to us here for all your colocation questions!