Every business owner needs to think about how they can make their business more secure. It’s unfortunate, but businesses are targeted heavily by criminals because there could be cash, equipment, inventory and/or sensitive data to be stolen.
Smaller businesses are often targeted because it is believed that there will not be adequate protection in place. So you need to make sure that you do not get caught out and make your business as secure as possible both online and offline. Here are a few ways to make your business more secure, which should stop any criminals and provide peace of mind.
Educate Staff On Safe Computer Usage
Cybercrime is the biggest security threat to modern-day businesses and a growing concern with new threats constantly being developed. Employee negligence is the most common reason that cybercrime is successful, so you need to teach your staff safe usage of their devices. This will include:
- Using random, complex passwords
- Never downloading any suspicious files
- Backing up important data
- Being aware of the most common scams
- Using a VPN
- Keeping software up to date
Install High-Quality Antivirus & A Firewall
Following on from this, you should also have high-quality antivirus software installed which is kept up to date and performing regular scans. This should stop any viruses in their tracks and help you to keep your business and customer data safe and secure. It is also worth installing a firewall as this adds another layer of digital security. If your staff work from their own devices, then make sure that they have and are using antivirus software and a firewall too.
While cybercrime should be a priority, you must not forget about physical security, particularly if you have cash and/or expensive equipment on site. CCTV cameras are an excellent way to improve security because they will deter criminals and can be used to identify anyone who tries to gain access to the site.
Intruder alarms are another form of physical security that you should consider and can be effective in stopping criminals from being able to steal anything from your site. You should then change the keycode on these regularly and keep the staff that needs to know updated on what the latest code is.
Destroy Sensitive Paper Waste
Paper waste which contains any kind of sensitive or confidential data should be destroyed as otherwise it could easily be stolen and used against your company. It can be a time-consuming task to do yourself which is why it is a good idea to use a professional on-site shredding service. This will see sensitive paper waste properly destroyed and disposed of in a fast and efficient manner.
Following these tips will help to make your company much more secure and not an easy target for criminals. It is often the smaller companies that are targeted because it is believed that there will not be adequate protection in place, so every small business owner needs to take action. Cybercrime is the main area of focus and an area of huge concern, but you must not overlook physical security either.