Physical security devices for computers and other ICT equipment

At the request of the Association of British Insurers, the LPCB developed LPS 1214 Specification for testing and classifying physical protection devices for personal computers and similar equipment for the performance of security equipment designed to prevent removal of computer and other office equipment.

 

The standard currently defines two categories of protection. Both categories of protection device prevent theft of the complete computer for three minutes allowing a response by Police or security guards, while Category II products also prevent removal of the computer chips for the same period.

Suitable applications for products certified to LPS 1214 are described below:

  • Category I: Prevent unauthorised removal of personal computers (PCs), file servers, printers, facsimile machines and other high value equipment for example where access is important for use and the component value is low.
  • Category II: Prevent unauthorised removal of or access to personal computers (PCs), file servers, printers, facsimile machines and other high value equipment for example where the PC is both important and highly valued and/or the component value is high.

Specifiers requiring category II protection devices should ensure that they select a device suitable for their particular equipment and that there is suitable ventilation of the computer in accordance with any instructions and warranty conditions supplied with the computer.

In order that they will provide the required protection, the approved equipment must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and be in the locked condition with keys removed and held in a secure location. It is recommended that users regularly check that all exposed fixings and locking mechanisms are in good condition and that they have not been tampered with.

In addition to approving physical protection devices for personal computers and similar equipment to LPS 1214, LPCB also evaluate and approve the following equipment designed to secure larger volumes of ICT equipment to LPS 1175 Requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB approval and listing of intruder resistant building components, strongpoints, security enclosures and free-standing barriers:

  • Racking systems
  • Modular enclosures
  • Composite panelling systems designed for constructing data halls.

Security products approved to LPS 1175 Security Rating 2 provide an equivalent resistance to forced entry as that provided by an LPS 1214 Category I device.

It is also recommended that ICT equipment is marked with an asset management marking system approved to LPS 1225 Requirements for the LPCB approval and listing of asset marking systems and registered on a secure asset database certified to LPS 1224 Requirements for companies providing secure asset registration services.

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