Hunter Wikstrom

ITS 370

Chapter 9


1. Assume that your organization is planning to have an automated server room that functions without human assistance. Such a room is often called a lights-out server room. Describe the fire control system(s) you would install in that room.

When creating my server room, I would implement many things for fire control. I would install either an ionization sensor system of a thermal detection system to detect the early stages of a fire and to be ready to deploy the sprinkler system to extinguish the fire. I would use a wet-pipe sprinkler system for the added pressure and for the individualized valves in key areas. I would also install a smoke detection system in case there wasn’t noticeable rising heat in the early stages of a fire.


2. Assume you have converted an area of general office space into a server room. Describe the factors you would consider for each of the following components: 

a. Walls and doors – The walls and doors would be reinforced with on guards on staff.

b. Access control - Access control would have key cards for building entrance and exit that would only be given to authorized personnel with an individual key code to know who was accessing the building and at what times.

c. Fire detection – You would want to consider how quickly and accurately you would want to be able to detect the fire. Ionization sensors or thermal sensors are good for this.

d. Fire suppression – You want to consider the size of the room that is being suppressed and the suppression system needed. Wet-pipe systems are typically pretty good for the valve control.

e. Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning- You want your ventilation, heating, and air condition units to be up to date and running efficiently, a failure in these systems will often cause a fire because of poor heating circulation or ventilation.

f. Power quality and distribution – You need proper power distribution to avoid shorting and of the hardware which could result in a power/server failure or even a fire.


Discussion Questions

1. Based on this case study, what security awareness measures, training documents, and posters had an impact on this event?

Amy was able to recall the bulletins that she had seen posted around and thought it wasn’t much of a big deal until she saw all the tell tail signs of a tailgater. The company had also recently held a meeting that addressed the issue and helped bring this to Amy’s attention.

2. Do you think that Amy should have done anything differently? What would you have done in her situation?

I think Amy did everything right. She was suspicious of someone that she didn’t recognize that was with another employee. She then tested the man and confirmed her suspicions and immediately contacted security. Had she confronted the man there is a high chance he would’ve escaped.

Ethical Decision making

If Amy didn’t report the man because she knew him socially, she would be violating her ethical responsibility. Also, if she knew the man you would hope she would question his reasoning for being there. In the end if he’s somewhere that he isn’t supposed to be he needs to be reported.