Daisy Group invests in bomb proof data centre

A 12 tonne bomb proof door to keep the Daisy Group’s data safe has been described as “a little bit extreme” by a security expert.

The comments come as the company today announced a 12 tonne bomb proof door for its Manchester data centre, as part of a £1 million investment programme in the subterranean facility, situated within a former Bank of England bullion vault.

It said this investment had been used to improve its infrastructure, increase network capacity and launch its CloudSelect, computing-on-demand offering.

In addition to being 25 feet below ground, the data centre’s security features also include two metre thick granite walls and a 60 centimetre bomb blast corridor surrounding the data storage area. It is continuously monitored by 70 CCTV cameras and access is granted only to authorised personnel.

The Telegraph predicted MP Phillip Hammond would today tell a conference that money needs to be spent on defences that “cannot be seen on the parade ground.”

He was expected by the paper to detail how electronic networks can create vulnerabilities and suggest that an enemy state could use an “E-bomb”, which, the Telegraph said, would release a destructive electromagnetic pulse and paralyse the UKs infrastructure.

The Daisy Group has this covered, claiming that its data centre has an uninterrupted power supply and three standby diesel generators, which would be triggered in the event of a power failure.

It also uses six air conditioning units to ensure the temperature is kept at an optimum level. In addition the data centre is tier III, ISO 27001 accredited and monitored 24/7 by Daisy’s engineers.

One security professional, speaking under anonymity, told TechEye: “I think a bomb proof door is a little bit extreme. I can’t see this being a huge threat.”

“Yes, hackers target systems like this, but a bomb proof vault as I like to call it is just showing off and asking for trouble,” the source said. “If you boast about something like this, human nature dictates it makes you more of a target.

“Yes Daisy is saying that it is to prevent a data wipe in case of power failure but I think it’s a way to garner more money off their clients.

“Attacks like this happen very rarely and when they do they are targeted at multinationals not at companies like this,” the source said.