High-Security Fencing Tips For Protecting Data Centers

In today’s digital age, where the protection of sensitive information is of utmost importance, data centers must employ robust physical security measures to complement their digital defenses. High-security fencing serves as the first line of defense, deterring potential intruders and ensuring the integrity of the facility’s valuable assets.

Housing critical servers, network infrastructure and sensitive data, most data centers face substantial risks related to unauthorized access—from data breaches and intellectual property theft to disruptions in services and severe financial repercussions. This makes it crucial to construct a high-security perimeter that not only deters intruders but also withstands determined attacks.

Several factors contribute to the overall effectiveness of a high-security fence. Here, we’re delving into the integral details of high-security fencing for data centers and shedding light on some key tips for enhancing perimeter security and safeguarding valuable assets.

Opting for Steel Construction

The primary material chosen for high-security fencing in data centers is steel, specifically selected for its exceptional strength and durability, especially when compared to lighter gauge aluminum. While common residential fencing options like galvanized metal, chain link or wrought iron may suffice for ordinary applications, data centers require a higher level of security, making steel the preferred choice.

Steel fencing panels for high-security applications in data centers possess distinct advantages over other materials. First, they are significantly heavier, making it exceedingly difficult for intruders to cut or remove sections of the fence. The added weight and sturdiness of steel ensure an unmatched level of robustness and resistance to unauthorized access, providing an extra layer of protection for valuable data and assets stored within the data center.

By selecting steel as the primary building material for high-security fencing, data centers can achieve an unparalleled level of protection. The exceptional strength and durability of steel, coupled with the integrated design of the fence, work together to create a dynamic physical barrier that deters potential intruders and safeguards the data center’s sensitive information and valuable assets.

Ensuring High-Security Design

High-security design is a crucial consideration when it comes to choosing the right type of fencing for a data center. The goal is to create a physical barrier that deters and prevents unauthorized access. One effective design approach involves the use of vertical pales instead of standard pickets. These pales are larger in size and made of a heavier gauge of steel, providing both a visual deterrent and formidable resistance against intruders attempting to breach the fence. By spacing the pales closer together along a C-channel rail, the reduced gap between pales further reinforces the security of the fence.

To enhance the overall strength and stability of the fence, the vertical pales generally extend all the way to the ground. This feature not only offers increased structural stability but also effectively prevents access from underneath the fence. By eliminating potential weak points and limiting the chances of breaching, this design approach ensures that the data center perimeter remains well-protected.

One formidable type of fencing that incorporates these high-security design principles is steel palisade fencing. Consisting of vertical steel pales secured to horizontal rails and mounted to support posts, steel palisade fencing boasts a looming visual presence while providing strength, versatility and durability. Its design eliminates footholds, and its resistance to cutting makes it an especially effective deterrent against intrusion. The option to add spikes at the top further enhances its security capabilities, making it an ideal choice for high-risk facilities like data centers.

A less visually intimidating but equally secure option is mesh panel fencing. Crafted from top-notch materials including low-carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum alloy steel, this high-security mesh is available in PVC-coated or galvanized versions to provide exceptional durability against corrosion and harsh weather conditions. Its innovative design features carefully spaced apertures and offers robust defense against climbing attempts and penetration. 

Dennison Supply has partnered with industry-recognized high-security product companies like AMICO® and Guardiar to provide top-line fencing products that meet unique data center needs. From high-security design to the integration of reinforcements, these types of strategies can enhance perimeter security and meet the stringent requirements of data center environments.

Prioritizing Anti-Climb Functionality

When it comes to high-security data center fencing, implementing anti-climb functionality is essential. By incorporating specific features, the fence becomes difficult, if not impossible, to scale.

One crucial aspect that prevents scalability is the vertical size of the fence. Simply put, the greater the height of the security fence, the more challenging it becomes for trespassers to breach. While standard fencing solutions may have a seven-foot height, high-risk data centers aiming for an anti-climb perimeter should opt for panels that reach eight, ten or twelve feet. By increasing the fence’s height, it becomes harder for intruders to climb over and adds valuable time to their attempts.

In addition, the combination of rail shape, pale spacing and pointed or curved tops ensures valuable anti-climb functionality in high-security fencing for data centers. Other features that significantly limit an intruder’s ability to scale the fence (and serve as significant deterrents) include:

  • The use of barbed wire, barbed tape or concertina wire
  • Installing the fence or an anti-dig trench with concrete a few feet below ground.
  • Omitting a top rail and substituting it with a coil spring
  • Implementing a second row of fencing installed several feet inside the perimeter fence
  • Having the presence of lighting and cameras at various perimeter points

By prioritizing anti-climb functionality and implementing these types of security reinforcements, data centers can fortify their perimeter security and create a formidable barrier.

Integrating Access Control Systems

High-security fencing plays a vital role in data center access control. It can securely integrate components like cameras, RFID/badge scanners and biometric locks. This ensures a robust access control system, tracking entries and protecting physical and intellectual property.

Modern access control systems utilize keycards, pin codes, or biometrics for entry. Remote control, built-in cameras, streaming video, and transaction records enhance security. These integrated systems maintain constant security while allowing authorized personnel to enter and exit the data center.

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