Kohlton White
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.

The two main detection systems that I would install are for flames and thermals. Flame detection systems are activated once they detect ultraviolet lights from open flames. The thermal detection system reacts when it detects any abnormal rises in temperature.

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

·        Doors will be fitted with access control panels for security.

b.     Access control

·        Would use key cards that would give only certain staff access to the server room.

c.      Fire detection

·        Would recommend using the thermal or flame detection systems as stated in question 1.

d.     Fire suppression

·        Would use a water mist system to suppress because it will suppress the flames and not floor or create additional damage.

e.      Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning

·        Use an in-door climate control system that will keep room at the optimal temperature. A good ventilation is always preferred.

f.       Power quality and distribution

·        Would make sure the servers have more than enough power in order to prevent any hiccoughs that might knock the servers offline. Also, would recommend having backup generators.

Case Exercises

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

Posting the “watch out for tailgaters” message to the bulletin board and advising employees to report any unfamiliar personnel is how Amy knew what to do in that type of situation.

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

Nope, I think that Amy handled that situation well. In a situation like that, you should avoid any unnecessary contact because you have no clue how dangerous they are. So, it’s better to let security handle the situation.

Ethical Decision Making

Suppose that the blond man in the scenario was someone Amy knew socially. Suppose she also knew he had no relationship to the company and no business being in the building. If Amy chose not to make a report about the event, would she be violating her ethical position?

Unlike the last question, in this situation, Amy knows that man socially. So, I do not see anything wrong with her asking him what he’s doing there. Knowing that he doesn’t have an obvious reason for being there, then she should report him. If she doesn’t then yes, Amy would be violating her ethical position.