When it comes to your business and security, leave nothing to chance. Every business is vulnerable to all types of criminal actions including robberies, vandalism, and more. In these uncertain times, you just never know when your company could be hit by criminals. Now is the best time to take action and ensure you have the best security practices implemented.
Security Tips for Businesses of All Types & Across All Industries
No matter what type of business you have, or the industry you’re in, having crucial security measures in place is a must. The following security tips will help you implement the best security methods in place for your business:
1). One person responsible for security: having one person in the company in charge of security is essential. This person could be responsible for all company security. They may not be an expert, but that’s not necessary. However, the person will need to:
- Monitor & track who has access to security information
- Be the point of contact for security service providers
- Ensure all security systems are maintained correctly
- Update all key-holder information for the company
- Be the business owner’s point of contact for security information and issues
Some businesses give this person a title such as Chief Security Officer (CSO). This person will be in charge of all security information for your company, so it’s imperative to choose someone who is completely trustworthy. This person may also be in charge of both digital and physical security issues.
2). Create a maintenance plan: this is essential when you have a security system installed at your business premises. Running regular maintenance cuts down on false alarms and costly repairs or equipment replacement.
3). Contract an installer: this is another maintenance tip that can ensure your system is up and running correctly. It’s true that this is another expense, but it’s one that will save money over the long-term. An installer can make sure your system is up-to-date, quickly take care of false alarms or other problems, and more. Not only will your security system work more efficiently, but your company will also be more secure as a result.
4). Review security technology regularly: technology is always changing, so you’ll want to keep up with the current technological advances in this area. For instance, perhaps a new product will make your business more secure. But you don’t have to take all of this on yourself; the installer can also help you stay ahead of the security curve.
While making improvements to your security system is an expense, it’s important to consider the benefits of upgrading and see if this is a cost-effective solution in the long run.
One more note—some companies forget to assess their network infrastructure when considering a security system upgrade. It’s important to make sure that your network (which includes Internet services) is able to correctly support new technology.
5). Watch for site changes: any changes made to your premises can create a potential security risk. For instance, on a construction site, what would happen if someone began parking their car near a fence? This could make it easier for criminals to enter the site and steal, vandalise, and more.
For this reason, it’s essential to conduct regular site assessments to watch for changes that could create vulnerabilities. When you find something that could be a risk, then get in touch with your professional security company.
6). Cybersecurity: check for planned updates to IT & systems: updates could have a negative impact on your remote monitoring stations and alarm call centres. Any downtime or cut off the network’s functionality could also cut their connection to your site. This could compromise security.
In addition, if your systems do go down unexpectedly, which can happen, then let the security firm know right away. Then they can check their connection to your site.
For this reason, if you have a scheduled update, then be sure to let the security company know ahead of time.
7). Review CCTV footage regularly: does your company regularly review the CCTV footage captured by the remote monitor system? If not, you could be missing out on some important security details. For instance, the footage may reveal intruders entering the property. This could point to a key issue your company’s having with security, especially if there are no other clues about what’s causing the issue.
For this reason, it may be necessary to readjust your CCTV needs to make sure you’re taking complete advantage of information the system is providing about the security of your company.
8). Keep security details on a need-to-know basis: when it comes to security matters, the fewer who know, the better. If you make security methods known to almost everyone in the company, then unscrupulous employees could either use or pass on this information to others. This puts your company at high risk.
Make sure security details, including passwords and other credentials, are only shared with the people who need to know this information.
9). Prepare a crisis management plan: what would happen if your network infrastructure was hacked by a cybercriminal? What if someone broke into your main office and vandalised or stole valuable computers and other equipment?
Having a plan in place can help keep your business running, even in the middle of a crisis. A crisis management plan includes information on points of contact, how to cope with different types of security issues, and includes details on how to get back up and running again quickly. So, make sure you have a detailed crisis management plan ready before something goes wrong.
10). Monitor access: who is coming and going to and from your site? Are they authorised to be on your company premises? If you’re not sure, then this is a security vulnerability that a smart criminal could take advantage of.
These days it’s a good idea to have a “gatekeeper” who monitors access in and out of your company offices, construction sites, and more. This will help to make it more difficult for a criminal to gain unauthorised access.
Are you interested in improving your company’s security? Then contact us today. Our experienced team is ready to discuss business security options that meet your company’s requirements.