The increasing volume of electronic data, the need for secure storage of this data and the necessity for organizations to prepare for disaster are key reasons promoting the prominence of data centers in our society. Since data centers house large volumes of valuable information, proper security of organizational data centers is essential. This paper provides the reader with an overview of security principles relevant to data centers. We then offer a synopsis, aggregation and exploratory analysis of two audit reports of government data centers in the United States. We suggest general observations from the audit reports before concluding. As a contribution to the literature, this paper offers an investigative analysis of data center audits that can form a baseline for a more thorough future study on this relevant topic.
Knapp, Ken; Denney, Gary D.; and Barner, Mark E., "Data Center Security: Analysis of Two Audit Reports" (2009). SAIS 2009 Proceedings. 2.