Your small business is your livelihood. If anything happened to it, imagine the time, trouble and expense of replacing your tools or inventory. It’s better to act beforehand, thinking through all the possible security issues and protecting your business from harm.
Assess Your Business Security RisksAccessing business security needs to happen BEFORE problems arise. What are your theft risks? If someone were to steal from me, would they be looking to take inventory? Computers and other technology? Cash? Information about my business or my customers such as credit card account information? What are your other risks? What are the risks of fire or flooding damage? Am I sure all my electrical outlets are up to code and there are no overloads on the system? If something did happen at my business in the middle of the night or while I was away, who would tend to it?
Manage Your Business Security RisksBy installing an access control system, you eliminate costly re-keying expenses when privileges change.
Once you’ve identified all the possible security risks, you can start to manage them. For example, you may be able to secure your business property in the same way as your home. Familiarize all employees with the procedure to lock doors and windows and set the alarm when the building is empty. If you can landscape your office, put thorny bushes outside of windows to increase protection.
Make sure you’ve checked out any employees who have access to your security codes and train them carefully. Keep contact information handy on all employees or contractors with access to your security codes. In fact, you can create special access controls to make sure employees only have access to certain areas. We’ll write a whole blog on Access Control in coming weeks.
Make sure the information on your computers is secure. If you have a router that shares internet, make it a secure connection and change the pass code frequently. Do not store sensitive information or customer information where employees or hackers can access it either from outside the company or if they manage to steal your computers.
Take Extra MeasuresYou may want to have a security and fire risk assessment done to be sure you’re covering all your bases.
You may also want to join a “Business Watch” like a Neighborhood Watch for people whose businesses are in close proximity. You can share information about security measures, suspicious activity, crime updates and threats.
Remember, you’re not just protecting your business and your income, you’re protecting your employees and your customers too!