Launching a small business entails juggling a long list of important details, but one oft-overlooked detail that comes to haunt businesses is security. In this article, we’ll cover for ways to improve your small business security and your own state of mind.
Start with a risk assessment
Security needs are different for every business. The first place to start is to determine yours. Many security companies will offer free assessments of your business security, looking at factors such as:
- Current security setup
- Risks from company personnel (determined through interviews)
- Identification of weaknesses in the current system
- Security best practices and how they can be applied to your company
Once your security setup has been reviewed by trusted security professionals, you can begin implementing their suggestions and improving the security of your business.
Past and present burglars surveyed have spoken - the threat of being caught on camera deters them from committing crimes. The next step in making your business secure is installing a system of visible surveillance cameras. With them in place, burglars will know to steer clear.
In the last decade, surveillance technology has improved significantly. With a modern video surveillance system, you can access camera footage at a moment’s notice from your cell phone. Archived video is backed up on multiple different servers in the cloud. Automated systems can alert you to any suspicious activity, including camera malfunctions.
Basically, surveillance cameras are the bread and butter of business security. They go a long way towards making your premises safe.
Locks and cameras are one thing, but it’s worth protecting your business from cybercrime. Especially if you handle bank account information or credit card information for employees or customers, cybersecurity is a must.
You can start to establish online security by practicing good security habits. That means:
- A functioning firewall
- Separate wireless networks for customers and employees
- Frequent updates of usernames and passwords
- Separate networks for payment information
Small Business Security: Protecting the Perimeter
The final step in establishing basic security for your business is to secure the perimeter. Whether or not this is the best choice for you depends greatly on what your business is. Naturally, if you depend on walk-in business a fence isn’t a great choice.
On the other hand, if you work out of an office building, you don’t want unauthorized individuals stealing your parking spaces or wandering around the property. This is where locks, gates, and fences come into play. During the assessment, a security company can tell you what you need in terms of access control.
Many businesses don’t worry about security until it’s too late. But criminals are out there, and it’s prudent to defend yourself. You don’t want to have to ask “what if,” after you’ve already suffered the consequences of theft. Take these four simple steps and you may rest assured that your small company is safe.