Technology isn’t as expensive as it used to be, but once you have a significant investment in gear, especially if your systems are set up in your home, you are going to want to find good physical security systems to make sure your investment is well protected.
Just as technology has grown exponentially over the last few years, security has also kept pace, using the same growing technology. High-tech devices have multiple ways of protecting themselves and additional security has been a priority for owners. So what are some of the ways that you can protect your investment?
Simply put, if you can’t move it, it can’t be stolen. Anything that doesn’t have to be moved should be fixed in place to prevent theft. You can connect your equipment to other heavy pieces of equipment, but that is not the most secure option. Instead, try bolting the equipment to the floor or a wall.
To prevent any damage to your tech, consider fitting it with some kind of framing device that the bolts can be attached to. You can also attach the tech to a frame that is chained to the wall or floor. While this isn’t as secure as actually bolting the tech itself, it is a good option if you want to secure your device but still be able to move it effectively.
If you have high-tech equipment, you would be a fool to not have it under some kind of additional protection. One of the best options for this is to use surveillance cameras. But the cameras that you have to watch over your tech don’t have to be bulky, heavy cameras, like the ones you see on tv. Alarm companies have alarm system packages that you can customize that include motion-activated cameras that are easily hidden.
But more important than simple detection is evaluating the possible threat. For example, a camera can record events in a given area and can be combined with software to determine if whatever is moving in that area is a person or a pet. If it is a person, an alarm can be sounded. If it is the family cat, it can be safely ignored.
If you have important tech that is vulnerable to people using, consider locking it up. Equipment, such as servers, can be secured in a cage so that people who are unauthorized to access them cannot reach them. Additionally, if your server is standard PC hardware and uses SSDs or standard hard drives, the case should be locked to prevent anyone from removing the hard drives.
Securing your hardware in this way not only protects your server and hardware, it will also protect your software. If thieves are unable to access your server, they will be unable to access anything else.
Any portable workstations that you store at home should also be locked up. When not in use, everything should be secured inside. There are several different affordable options that you can use to store keyboards, laptops, mice, and other user interface equipment. It is important to protect this tech because if someone gets ahold of it, they will probably be able to access your information.
Protecting the physical tech is only part of the process. You need to make sure you secure any access others may have to your information. The combination of a cage or anchor, a case lock to protect the hard drive and disconnected interface hardware to prevent unauthorized access to the system itself all contained in a monitored area is a good way to secure your technology.