Physical Security

There are many things a person can do to keep their information more secure, and one of the easiest ways may be physical security. Physical security is keeping and tangible things that hold information important to you from being stolen. This is one of the first forms of security that should be considered when keeping your information safe.

An example of physical security would be a company or organization keeping their desktop computers locked within a certain building to prevent and hardware from being taken. In doing this, a person looking to steal information from that group will have one less option to do so. On the opposite, a bad example of physical security is someone leaving a sheet of paper with their password in a place that is easy to find. This could be something as simple as on a post it note attached to the wall next to a workstation or on a sheet of paper under a person’s desk.

With the many threats to you and your information, the simple precaution of physical security should be taken at the very least. Not properly securing your information is just the same as letting someone else come and take it without your permission.


3 thoughts on “Physical Security

  1. Physical security is definitely a necessary precaution companies must take. If an attacker wanted to break into a company and knows his/her way around the company’s building and also knows which important doors are usually unlocked, there would be absolutely no reason for the attacker to try to hack through the cyber security defenses of the company when (s)he can just steal the information directly from an employee’s computer or the company’s servers. Physical security is just as important as cyber security because breaking into a company physically is generally much easier to do than breaking into a company via the Internet.

  2. Speaking of stealing information, I once read about an IT professional who challenged another IT professional to try to break into the network he was administering (Meyers 910). The story goes that after a couple of tries, the “attacking” IT professional got in his car and drove to the “defending” IT professional’s work place. The attacker went into the business and stole the defender’s server right out of the unlocked computer room. The attacker immediately gave the server back to the defender after he had proven his point.

    The point proven was that all the hardware and software security doesn’t mean much if you leave in an easily accessible place. It also proves that sometimes we get so wrapped up in our digital world that we forget to step back and think about our physical world.

    Meyers, Michael. Managing and Troubleshooting PCs. 2007

    • Exactly. I feel that physical security is often often overlooked since the main focus is on hardware and software security. While I can see how the threat of a network being broken into by an attacker virtually, people are too quick to forget the importance of preventing physical theft or damage.

      One example is how there are some laptops that use facial recognition as a form of authentication, which makes people feel safer. Regardless, a person can easily steal the laptop if it’s not properly secure and have all the time in the world to get the information that they want.

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