Hetzner Finland: Hetzner received the ISO 27001 certification for Helsinki data center

Sep 30, 2019 | Posted by Eric Advinci

Hetzner‘s Data Center Park Helsinki has reached a new milestone by receiving the ISO 27001 certificate for information security. Only 18 months after going live, the park today already has 6,000 m² of web hosting infrastructure in operation. In addition to information security, several other security measures have been implemented during the certification process.

Hetzner’s data center park in Finland consists of three operational data centers with three additional data centers already under construction. The entire site is 150,000 m², making it spacious enough to accommodate 20 data centers. The site is surrounded by a protective fence, which is almost one and a half kilometers long.

“The data center business is all about safety. Even if people today often focus on information and cyber security, the physical safety aspects are equally important”, says Joonas Terhivuo, the CEO of Hetzner Finland.

The security of a modern data center consists of many factors and layers. In addition to information security and physical safety aspects, the redundancy of the power supply, the climate control system and the networking infrastructure also play vital roles. In addition, the fire detection systems and infrastructure monitoring systems need careful planning and implementation. Hetzner’s in-house technicians, who man the data centers around the clock, act as yet another layer of security.

“Guaranteeing the highest level of safety is a top priority of Hetzner. In addition to our secure and redundant infrastructure, we offer our customers DDoS protection. Despite all of our precautions, customers have an important role in improving security as well, for example, by implementing strict password policies and by properly configuring their servers' firewalls," Terhivuo stated.

Two of Hetzner’s data centers in Finland house dedicated root servers and virtual cloud servers which are easily accessible online and quickly deployed by anyone in need of more server capacity. The third data center comprises a colocation center.

“Colocation services are for customers who want to use their own hardware, but do not want to build and maintain their own data center. They can bring their hardware to our colocation center and benefit from our secure and redundant data center infrastructure”, Joonas Terhivuo explained.

Certified for information security

At the end of July, the Data Center Park Helsinki was granted the internationally recognized standard for information security, the ISO 27001. The scope of the certificate includes infrastructure, operations and customer support at Hetzner’s data centers in Finland.

“We are happy to have received the certificate now for Hetzner Finland, too. This is a great way to show our customers that we take security really seriously by maintaining and improving it all the time,” said Tehivuo.

The audit was carried out by FOX Certification GmbH. Hetzner Online’s German data centers received the ISO 27001 certification three years ago.

All of Hetzner’s data center parks serve clients worldwide in over 150 countries.

“Data Center Park Helsinki offers Hetzner Online’s services both to local and worldwide customers. Customers with servers in Finland receive support from our own local, multinational technical team 24/7,” explained Terhivuo.

Photo captions :
1) Data Center Park Helsinki has three operational data centers and three more under construction. The floorspace for each data center is about 2,000 m², and one data center houses tens of thousands of servers.
2) The infrastructure, operations and customer support of Hetzner’s data centers in Finland are now certified in accordance with ISO 27001. Joonas Terhivuo, CEO of Hetzner Finland, and Sebastian Lippold, Chief Information Security Officer of Hetzner Online, received the certificate from Fox Certification’s Aykut Bader.
3) In addition to its secure and redundant technical infrastructure, all of Hetzner’s data center parks are protected by physical barricades such as security fences. Nevertheless, Hetzner customers, and indeed all server administrators should protect their data with proper passwords and firewalls.