Hack the server room! No tech required


As we are all painfully aware, IT security comes in many forms, from technical details to physical barriers. But a word of advice: Double-check all your new security measures. Then step back and think through anything that could be related to the changes you put in place. Finally, check to make sure those, too, are secured adequately.

I worked at one company some years ago where I was given an office near a server room. Not long before then, the IT execs had asked for measures to be taken to better .

The concern arose because this server stored data for a billion-dollar operation that contained sensitive information we were required to preserve. They wanted to tightly control access to the room.

Security first

The IT execs had filled out a form request with plant services to remove the key lock and install a number-combination lock. Only a select few IT staff would know the combination to open the door.

. I hadn’t, either.

We called my boss and other employees who we knew had the code, but none of them answered their office phones (this was in the days before cellphones were common). The alarms kept clanging and time kept passing, and we had to do something.

Mistakes become opportunities

I looked closely at the door and a few details popped out. They raised red flags about the general security of the room, but gave me ideas on how to take care of the immediate problem.