Data centers are the Crown Jewels of an enterprise. As companies digitally transform and global IP traffic surges, data centers have become the operational nerve center of an organization. It’s a critical infrastructure environment that needs to be highly protected—and requires a Three-Dimensional GRC (Governance Risk Compliance) and Security strategy that spans cyber/IT, Physical Security and OT disciplines.
Data centers are complex environments that house more than systems and technologies and as such also are part of a company’s cost center. If a server is damaged or part of a malicious threat or cyber takeover by an outsider, or insider, it could mean devastating loss to business continuity, company reputation and even ongoing profitability. Breaches or other data center compromises could also wreak drastic consequences on the business in the way of substantial regulatory fines or monetary damages.
Controlling who has access—and determining precisely how much—through full-service and automated identity, access and visitor management is a core component of effective data center Security. Organizations have different personnel, contractors, employees, visitors and even families and media entering the space. Everyone needs to be precisely tracked and accounted for in a history log that meets compliance and regulatory conformance requirements. When disparate systems and manual methods are used to provide identification and work notifications, the process becomes time consuming and error prone. This may also lead to credentials existing beyond the timeframe intended, posing additional potential Security risks and compromise.
Today’s data centers are operational nerve centers that need to be highly protected—and require a Three-Dimensional GRC (Governance Risk Compliance) and Security strategy that spans cyber/ IT, Physical Security and OT environments.
With the Alert Enterprise converged Security platform Data Center visits and temporary access can be configurable to the length of time and type of work. Self-service portals, for managers, area owners and even contractors, reduce the burden of support for Security personnel dealing with the identity population. Real-time integration with HR systems and contractor databases further supports automated Security policies and workflows.
According to the 2018 Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report, nearly half of the Security risk organizations face stems from having multiple vendors and products.
Security convergence is the answer: integrated, automated and universal digital identities deployed across IT, Physical Security and OT systems. Three-Dimensional GRC and Security solutions identify and reduce risks, close security gaps and actively enforce rules, policies and processes across the entire enterprise.
Rather than rely on different systems and processes to submit, monitor and approve access, everything happens together with a converged solution— with all movement, access and egress logged and tracked.
Data center Security solutions need to seamlessly manage all categories of identities including employees, contractors, vendors and visitors. As well as a data and intelligencedriven visitor management solution to track specifics on the entire population. With Alert Enterprise, businesses can apply a standard set of Security policies across all their data centers making sure all data is safe and company-wide operational integrity is maintained.
Visitor management software pre-integrated with Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) extends the same level of protection for visitors, enforcing request approval before granting access through the enterprise-class workflow engine. Add to the mix the fact that platforms are now integrated with AI-powered Identity Intelligence technology—and users can conduct risk analysis prior to provisioning access to help proactively protect against insider threats.
The Alert Enterprise platform allows data centers to automate and control exactly who has access to what critical assets. Benefits include:
The benefits of automated and converged badging and access solutions for data centers are clear:
Alert Enterprise delivers the following benefits and features to data centers and other vertical markets:
Just think: soon, you could be up and running with the latest security automation. Ready?
Chief Strategy Officer
David Cassady has been selling and leading teams in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s led a mix of established software players and startups. Cassady has also been involved with five IPOs — and at least as many acquisitions.
As Chief Strategy Officer, David leverages his extensive experience helping software businesses drive growth through deep and impactful partnerships with the world’s most successful SaaS providers like ServiceNow, Microsoft and SAP.
Chief Security Officer
Senior Vice President, Regulated Industries
Mark Weatherford brings years of high-level cyber-physical expertise to Alert Enterprise, and as Chief Security Officer (CSO), he guides the strategy of data management and protection by advising cyber-physical security policies and procedures within the company. Weatherford also works in liaison with businesses and executive professionals in the cyber and physical security industries to further accelerate security convergence adoption.
Mark has held numerous high-level cyber-centric positions, including Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity under the Obama administration, California’s first Chief Security Officer, and the first CISO for the state of Colorado.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alert Enterprise, Harsh Chauhan is responsible for the company’s engineering technology innovation and solution delivery. A 20-year technology veteran and leader, Chauhan is focused on the growth of the company’s 3D Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) hyperscale cloud platform.
He also continues to develop integrated solutions with leading technology partners like SAP, SAP NS2, and ServiceNow. Before Alert Enterprise, Mr. Chauhan held multiple CTO positions, as well as Product Owner and Head of Development at SAP GRC 10.0, delivering targeted solutions to high-profile SAP clients.
Chief Operations Officer
CFO and Co-Founder
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder of Alert Enterprise, Kaval Kaur leads all finance and administrative back-office operations. Kaur is a member of the national professional organization American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California State CPA Society.
Prior to joining Alert Enterprise, she was the CFO and Co-Founder of Virsa Systems, a position she held until its acquisition by SAP.
Kaur is a philanthropist at heart, embracing the diversity of the San Francisco Bay area by assisting with and promoting special cultural events. She recently sponsored 2,000 public schools in rural India to advance computer literacy skills for children and is a foster mother to a 10 year old.
Founder and CEO
Leading the charge of digital transformation and security convergence is Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of Alert Enterprise, Inc. An accomplished engineer by trade, Gill is driving the long-overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry.
Prior to launching Alert Enterprise, Gill was the founder and CEO of Virsa Systems, where he grew the company into a global leader of application security software. An early pioneer in establishing governance, risk and compliance as a software market segment, he drove exponential growth at Virsa, facilitating its acquisition by SAP in 2006.