There are different types of businesses offering a variety of goods and services. Depending on the type of business you have, it is important to pinpoint those areas that need to be fortified. Most business operate with a duality in terms that they have both a physical as well as cyber aspect. If this is the case then both facets should be addressed, since a breach in either respect could prove equally damaging, in different ways.
Most businesses require some form of defence against cyber-attack. Any vulnerability in electronic security may result in the compromise of sensitive and private data and information. A powerful firewall is an obvious answer to the potential threat of computer hacking. Of equal value, an overview of all electronic devices used within a business matrix can result in security breach prevention measures being introduced. These include using stronger passwords, anti-phishing practices, as well as electronic security guidelines for employees to follow. When consideration is made to the fact that each device associated with the business has the potential to compromise sensitive information through a data leak, the absolute necessity for these measures is apparent. It is the creation and maintenance of a set of procedures and precautions that will ensure nothing can permeate this “ring” of protection.
When it comes to increasing the security of a business that operates from an actual physical location, there are basic potential target areas that should be assessed. Entrances and exits, including fire exits, are areas that can be compromised, so it’s a good idea to evaluate current locking mechanisms. Often keys, touch pads or cards are the best option, depending on who has access and responsibility to these areas. In the most basic circumstances, the right deadbolt, properly installed, will suffice.
An alarm system is another feature that can increase the security of a business. Depending on the overall size and square footage, as well as type of business, it may be necessary to install an armed system, in case of attempted unlawful entry. Closed circuit television cameras are especially essential when there is valuable merchandise at risk and is exposed to large numbers of people, such as – but not limited to – retail businesses. Besides acting as a deterrent, these can increase the security of your business in the area of general loss prevention. Depending on the size and type of your business, an audit log, which records the comprehensive sequence of transactions between your business and people, as well as systems, may be helpful or even necessary.
A visitor’s log is regularly used in businesses where there are people such as vendors or contractors, outside the usual sphere of employees entering the premises, leaving it vulnerable to theft or compromise. A visitor’s log requires a non-employee to sign in and follow the procedures previously specified by the business, whether that means being escorted partially or fully during their visit. A visitor is required to wear a badge that identifies them as such, and to record their time of arrival and departure, as well as affiliation. They are generally prohibited from taking photographs and have controlled access to electronic equipment. They may be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, depending on the guidelines stipulated by the place they are visiting. A business-designated floor marshal is made responsible for enforcing that the visitor meets the stipulated terms, as well as accounting for the visitor in the event of an evacuation.
Security guards may also serve as an added deterrent in settings where it’s deemed necessary to overtly convey a message of warning against potential threats.
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