Security is one of the biggest concerns for all businesses, large or small. Businesses are always potential targets for criminals, with trespassing, identity theft, and cyber-attacks rising to alarming numbers in recent years.
Such crimes mainly occur due to insufficient security or lapses in security. So, it is crucial for business owners to consider more robust and improved security measures. This could include cyber and digital security as well as physical security. Professional security services can be hired, premises should be under surveillance, cyber-security measures should be in place and access control can be implemented.
There are many ways we can tighten security for our business. We have consulted with business owners and security experts to gather the best tips to help you secure your business from potential threats.
Implement a Company-Wide Cybersecurity Policy
“A solid policy ensures that all employees are aware of what is expected of them and how to respond in the event of an attack or breach. It is critical to have the relevant authorities in place to enforce and monitor the policy’s execution. A senior security officer who manages the overall risk profile should have overall accountability. Smaller businesses can also benefit from outsourcing this service.”
Diego Cardini, Founder and Director at The Drum Ninja
Set Appropriate Access Levels
“Although firewalls prohibit external access, internal personnel may unknowingly offer it. Data loss prevention strategies can assist ensure that sensitive information in emails and documents does not end up in the wrong hands. Disgruntled and pressured employees can be prevented from accessing and distributing sensitive information by enforcing access restrictions. Unauthorized access can be thwarted by enforcing a tight password policy that includes not only password strength but also regular password changes (every three months is optimal). Malware attacks on individual machines can be partially prevented by software, but the greatest form of prevention is raising awareness.”
Benjamin Aronson, Founder at FinancePond
Set a BYOD Policy for Employee Devices
“With a rising number of employees working from home or bringing personal gadgets to work, tight standards regarding their use are required. Before you use a device for work, make sure you have a device approval policy in place. Minimum security software requirements should be established (e.g., endpoint protection). All software should be current, and devices should be secured with a strong password.”
Tommy Gallagher, Founder at Top Mobile Banks
Fit your building with CCTV cameras:
“In recent years, CCTV has substantially improved, with lower pricing and higher quality. You may now monitor from your smartphone or tablet while on the go. Install cameras in hallways and stairwells, as well as over entrances and exits. Due to the risk of being identified and their activities being recorded, this will operate as a deterrent to potential invaders. This information will subsequently be used by the police to apprehend the criminal.”
Lacy Summers, Chief Marketing Officer Crush the PM Exam
Regular Inspections of Property
“Inspections of the property should be done on a regular basis. It’s all well and good to have every security precaution known to man installed around your property, but if these measures fail or become damaged, they’re useless in terms of securing your valuables. Your security is jeopardized if your property isn’t in tip-top shape, whether it’s a hole in a fence panel allowing thieves or vandals access or your burglar alarm blowing a fuse. To avoid situations like these from happening and to protect your security, do frequent property inspections, looking for any indicators of damage or weaknesses that could be exploited by intruders. Whether you do it yourself or engage a professional agency to do it for you, you must be meticulous because even the tiniest piece of damage can be used to a thief’s advantage.”
Teo Vanyo, CEO Stealth Agents
Back-Up Your Data
“One approach to secure your business is to back up your data. Even the world’s most powerful and secure systems have been successfully attacked. Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, and a slew of other major corporations have all been hacked at some point. As a result, keeping a real-time backup of all your data on secure storage is a good idea. Cloud storage is the most common and viable alternative for data backup. There are various services that provide online storage with the ability to save a copy of data automatically after each change. This manner, even after a devastating attack, you can always restore data.”
Nicole Graham, Lifestyle/Relationship Coach Womenio
Consult a Security Company
“One great way to improve your business security is to consult with a security company. For example, consulting with a security company that specializes in cybersecurity is almost a necessity today. Data breaches happen everyday across the world, because of this you should be having monthly calls with your security consultants to make sure you are not exposed to any future data breaches.”
Aidan Cole, Co-Founder of Nailboo