I was hav­ing a dis­cus­sion at work, and it occurred to us that a sim­ple way of improv­ing our data secu­ri­ty is to turn machines off (or sus­pend, hiber­nate, etc.) when they aren’t required. Now this isn’t exact­ly rock­et sci­ence, but what I found most inter­est­ing is how this ties into our ener­gy con­ser­va­tion plans. Obvi­ous­ly, it means we save mon­ey on elec­tric­i­ty. How­ev­er, it also means that in reduc­ing our net­work foot­print we also reduce our envi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

Con­vinc­ing a com­pa­ny to save ener­gy can be dif­fi­cult, but know­ing that this also enhances secu­ri­ty can be a win­ning argu­ment.

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