Decreasing computer hardware replacement cost has not eliminated the need for adequate environmental protection. To avoid humidity corruption, information security managers should verify humidity and temperature levels are maintained within the operating range specified in supplier documentation for deployed IT. Periodically, an information security professional should inspect for obvious external influences such as close placement to air conditioners, elevator shafts, industrial equipment or other sources of potential atmospheric variations. If a high level of reliability is required, then optimal conditions should be maintained. Maintaining equipment at the optimum climate range aids in protecting hardware from corrosion problems associated with high humidity levels and failures caused by static discharge when humidity is too low.
“View Part I of the Hardware Protection… Dust, Temperature, and Humidity – Oh My! series here“