As a business owner, one of the things that are constantly at the back of your mind is whether your firm is going to be the subject of some kind of attack, whether it be in the form of physical theft (computer equipment, machinery) or virtual theft (hacking attempts, identity fraud).
You would obviously take appropriate steps to ensure that the risk of being a victim to such attacks is minimal, but sadly a lot of business owners aren’t always aware of the best ways to prevent such acts from occurring to them.
The good news is that technology can play a big part of securing your premises from physical and virtual theft, so on that note I have written this blog post for the purposes of showing you what you can do to make your business premises safe and secure.
Secure your computer networks
In today’s switched-on world, a lot of corporate theft occurs not in the physical sense but in a virtual one. The days of rogue employees secretly transferring files to USB sticks are long gone, because it is now possible for hackers to infiltrate computer networks, connect to servers and access confidential data using a variety of hacking and ‘spoofing’ methods.
Of course, it also doesn’t help that a fundamental part of the securing web browsing system for the World Wide Web, TLS (formerly known as ‘SSL’), was the subject of a massive security bug!
To protect your business from virtual threats, you will need to ensure that your internal computer networks are as secure as possible. This means:
Using WPA2-AES encryption for wireless networks;
Ensuring computer users have strong passwords and that they change them on a regular basis;
Securing any file-sharing devices on your network such as servers or NAS (Network-Accessible Storage) devices;
Installing the latest up-to-date anti-virus software on computers;
Only allowing employees access to required parts of servers or NAS devices.
Secure the exterior of your premises
Once you have got your LAN and Internet security sorted out, the next area to look at is the exterior security of your premises. Offices come in all shapes and sizes, but they typically have doors, windows and walls like any other buildings.
It is important to do a thorough security assessment of the exterior as you will be able to identify and subsequently address any areas of concern such as weak door and window fittings, insecure locking mechanisms and so forth.
I would also recommend investing in some CCTV technology for the exterior of your premises, so that you can record any footage of suspicious activity outdoors, especially when your building is uninhabited at the time.
Secure the interior of your premises
If an intruder manages to find a way into your premises, you will need to know when this happens. Tag Alarm systems, for example, can offer you a way of locating and identifying any unauthorised persons entering your offices or buildings.
Such alarm systems encompass technology like infrared motion sensors that are directly connected to control centres manned 24/7 by employees, who can contact the police on your behalf should a break-in be in progress.