Data Center Infrastructure Management encompasses both IT and its networks, servers, and storage, and Operational Technology (OT), which includes Power Distribution Units (PDU), Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), sensors and actuators.
Many organizations work continually to consolidate data centers and optimize utilization with private or public clouds, which leads to efficiency but can unintentionally raise the risk of scaling attacks across cloned configurations. Adversaries target IT servers, storage devices, routers, switches, and even firewalls. Attackers can burrow beneath the operating system to gain complete administrative control over a router and subsequently launch attacks against other systems and routers in the same network.
The Operational Technology in data centers includes many of the same Industrial Control Systems (ICS) as found in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) — Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Supervisory Controls, Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and other software-based plant control systems. A successful cyberattack could result in the loss of power or cooling to the data center – a disaster of the highest order.
Data centers must move from security that only focuses on detection to security that stresses prevention. Cyberhardening can prevent malware from being executed.
The RunSafe Advantage
In the modern software defined network, storage, and compute environments in which virtualization, orchestration and automation bundle trusted resources with untrusted third-party software and hardware, vulnerabilities can accumulate. The best defense against exploits replicating is to cyberharden all systems.