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Data Centers Could Be Soft Target for Terrorists

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LAS VEGAS -- The Boston Marathon bombings last week are a tragic reminder of the damage enemies of the United States can cause on the nation's soil.

An industry considered a soft target for terrorism in Las Vegas is the growing number of data centers in the valley. The data centers are considered soft targets because the loss of life would most likely be on a smaller scale.

Cobalt Data Centers in the northwest valley opened for business just three months ago and boasts customers from five states already.

The data center uses high-tech security features to restrict access, such as using an approved person's iris to enter into a secured area.

Cobalt is a security stronghold, from computerized firewall protection against cyberattacks to protection of the actual building.

The safety protocols are intense – cameras and man-traps are just two – and include thorough employee background checks and other secret measures.

Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak agreed the data center's security is sophisticated, but it is still a potential target.

"There is a concern that data center is a soft target," he said. "I mean, any place that has the potential for compromising information that's collected or one of our resources is a potential soft target."

He said the data centers need homeland security.

"You need both sides," Sisolak said. "You need the intelligence side in order to make the other side effective. If you don't have the intelligence side ... when you have the intelligence, you can prevent a lot of the second things from happening."

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