Are data centers overlooking physical security needs?

From a physical security perspective, common criminals pose the greatest threat to data centers. Not only have money-motivated criminals demonstrated both the intent and ability to steal and destroy information-laden equipment thought to be ‘safe’ within ‘high-security’ data centers worldwide, but they have also exposed weaknesses that other perpetrators with even more damaging agendas might try to exploit.

Within the past 10 years, exemplary criminal attacks at major data centers have ranged from opportunistic to shockingly brutal. In 2015, the theft of a storage device from a Royal Sun Alliance’s data center exposed thousands of Lloyds TSB customer names, addresses, bank, accounts and sort details.

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Olympics mark LockDown’s 20th year


As the Olympics are about to kick off in Rio, Atlantans are reminiscing about hosting the 1996 games. How is it possible that was 20 years ago? That means we mark another 20th anniversary: the birth of LockDown Inc., born from a need to secure manholes within the Olympic ring.

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It began with our president, David L. Barton. In 1973, he founded Barton Southern, a specialty construction company that repaired underground infrastructure. The company was known for the quality of its work, innovation and ability to solve problems. One of its best customers was BellSouth, now AT&T, which owned most of the communications cabling covering the metro Atlanta area.

The opportunity

Because of Barton Southern’s reputation for problem-solving, BellSouth approached Barton in 1996 to help solve a pressing problem: BellSouth’s miles of critical communications infrastructure would be vital to a successful Olympics. They worried that terrorists might access their underground vaults via manholes and cut cables to disrupt communications.

Finding a solution

A team at Barton Southern went to work to find a solution. They designed and produced a number of prototype LockDown™ devices. Ultimately some 700 manhole security devices were installed prior to the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. The LockDown™ devices did their job. LockDown Inc. was born.

The legacy

Since then, more than 70,000 patented LockDown™ devices have been installed worldwide. They secured two Super Bowls and are in place at technology and communication companies, universities, manufacturing facilities, airports and municipalities. More than 150 military bases, embassies, the Pentagon and the White House all trust LockDowns to stay secure.

We remain solutions-oriented and innovative. The LockDown product line has expanded to solve other access problems. Thank you to all of our clients and contractors for 20 years of success and counting!

Hand hole entry leads to $50,000 in fiber optic cable damage

HawaiiPolice are investigating damage to a fiber optic cable network linking Mauna Kea observatories to the University of Hawaii. Hawaii County Police have initiated a criminal property damage case in connection with the incident that appears to have occurred months ago.

“Technicians reportedly determined that a fiber optics cable in a conduit located about halfway between Hale Pōhaku and the summit had been tampered with and then pushed back into the conduit to avoid detection. Damages were estimated at $50,000. The damage occurred in a “hand hole” next to a service road about 700 feet from Mauna Kea Access Road.” 

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Why IT now has a hand in physical security

The IoT movement requires physical security, too.

Traditionally, the roles of digital and physical security in organizations have been kept separate and distinct.

Physical security systems, including analog CCTV video surveillance and access control, were the responsibility of facilities management and security teams. In the digital realm, IT was responsible for securing the network and protecting against cyberattacks.

This convenient difference is now blurring. IT’s role is shifting dramatically as organizations have moved from analog to IP-based video surveillance, along with the massive growth of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). Now, IT departments must understand how the convergence of IoT and physical security broadly affects their healthcare organizations, and how it can support opportunities for growth.

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Replacing Tulsa’s damaged street lights could take two years

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Street Light Vandals in Tulsa

Copper thieves target Tulsa street lights

Tulsa city council members learned it might take a year-and-a-half to finish replacing Tulsa’s damaged and outdated street lights.

The update comes as city workers report thieves struck again, stealing copper from at least two lights last month.

Last summer, thieves went after light poles all over Tulsa – stealing the copper wiring to sell for money. Since then, the city put together a task force to address the problem and get the lights back on – so far, they’re only 15 percent done with the project.

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The TxDOT is fighting back against copper theft from highway light poles

Lightpole Theft DFWThe Texas Department of Transportation’s Fort Worth District working to prevent copper thefts after thieves have stolen more than 37 miles of wiring in recent years.

TxDOT officials said the theft of about 200,000 linear feet of wiring from light poles has knocked out power to highway lights in heavily-traveled areas.

“It’s a safety issue,” TxDOT’s Michael Peters said. “As soon as we replace it, weeks later it is stripped out again.”

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Missing handhole and light pole covers present dangers to Columbus, Ohio residents


High voltage wires exposed due to missing cover panels

City traffic lights are designed to keep you safe, but many contain hidden dangers that can put anyone at risk who touch them.

An ABC 6/FOX 28 investigation discovered dozens of high voltage wires can be seen from inside city light and traffic poles after security access panels were stolen, damaged, or vandalized.

“Why are they open like that?” asked Jacqueline Clark, when we showed her live wires hanging inside a traffic light pole located in front of the Columbus Library’s South High branch.

Clark regularly walks past the intersection of Highview and South High Streets with her six-year-old grandson CJ and now worries kids his age will try to throw things into the open access panels which are located at the bottom of utility poles.

“They’ll try and put a rock in there or a little car, I would be a bit concerned,” said Clark.

There are opened handhole covers at all four corners at the South Columbus intersection.

“There is high voltage there,” said Accurate Electric’s Jeremy Bolton, when he was asked to test the hot wires that can be seen from the sidewalk.

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Copper thieves hit public park lamp posts and cause extensive damage

Open lamp post with copper removedCopper thieves hit Gorge Park in Victoria last week, stripping lamp posts and damaging the system to the point that it must now be replaced.Copper thieves hit Gorge Park in Victoria this week, stripping lamp posts and damaging the system to the point that it must now be replaced.


“The way they went about it is forcing us to look at trying to replace the entire system. They disconnected the wire at the junction boxes and by doing that they removed any possibility of us having a quick fix,” said Jeff Miller of the Esquimalt parks department.

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California fiber networks repeatedly attacked by vandals

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The attacker struck close to midnight, climbing into a manhole at the mouth of California’s Niles Canyon and slicing a series of cables that collectively carried billions of bits of Internet data.

Hundreds of miles away at a Zayo Group Holdings Inc. network operations center in Tulsa, Okla., engineers saw the disruption immediately and later a second break made further up the road the same February night.

As monitoring software lighted up with red bars indicating several circuit failures, technicians pinpointed the breaches at a familiar place—the site of two previous cuts. Several months later, in June, Fremont, Calif., police reported a fifth cut.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says San Francisco’s Bay Area has suffered more than a dozen attacks on its fiber optic infrastructure over the past year. The attacks slow Internet service and disrupt financial transactions and emergency phone calls.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Copper thieves target St. Croix street lights

Once again copper thieves have vandalized street lights on the western end of St. Croix leaving motorists and pedestrians at risk and causing the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority to make costly repairs to restore service, W.A.P.A. said in a press release issued this afternoon. Last December, copper thieves broke into the conduit along a 200ft run on the Melvin Evans Highway between Williams Delight and Carlton, and made off with over 600 feet of wire from the highway’s street lighting system.

According to the release, a few days ago, W.A.P.A. was notified that a string of street lights along the western lane of St. Croix’s Melvin Evans Highway, between William’s Delight and Estate Carlton, had been vandalized. The thieves broke into the conduit along a 150-foot run and made off with over 300 feet of wire from the highway’s street lighting system.

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Copper Wire Stolen From W.A.P.A. Streetlights On St. Croix