When it comes to security measures in business, it’s no longer just your physical possessions you have to worry about. While thieves will still target offices to get away with expensive technology and equipment, you have to consider your online security too. If your information falls into the wrong hands, it could lead to rinsed bank accounts, identity theft and a whole lot of lawsuits from unhappy customers. To ensure the full safety of your company, taking a multi-dimensional approach and covering all bases is key. Here are a few things to consider in regards to your business’ safety.
Get The Right Insurance
As a business owner, having the right insurance is crucial, and can be the difference between a minor setback and full bankruptcy if things go wrong. A contents insurance policy will protect your office, equipment, computers and things like smartphones that are both in and out of the office. Public liability insurance and employer’s insurance will protect you for both your workers and members of the public. If either were to get injured on your premises or as a result of your business, you’d be in serious trouble without this cover to fall back on. Insurance means that if anything were to go wrong, you wouldn’t end up out of pocket.
Update Your Office’s Security Systems
Burglars don’t just target houses- many like to go for businesses and offices too, since they know there will be lots of valuable items up for grabs. While insurance will protect you if they do get away with your stuff, of course trying to stop them in the first place is key. A high-quality CCTV system, and a burglar alarm (with a minimal number of very trusted employees who know the code) are good lines of defense. If you’re renting an office in a larger building chances are there will be security systems in place but make sure you give everything a thorough check. Work out if there are any blind spots or potential weaknesses. If you’re on a ground floor office, you could consider installing folding lockable shutters on the windows. In the day they can be slid over so you can’t see them, so it doesn’t feel like you’re in a prison!
Back Up To The Cloud
One way to protect your online date is by using cloud-based backup systems. These allow you to backup your files to the cloud (or remotely) and are encrypted for safety. It means that if anyone does get their hands on your computers, there’s no sensitive data on there for them to steal. It also means if your computers are damaged, whether it be due to viruses, fire or floods the information is safe. You can use everything from cloud storage to cloud email archive, have a think about what sort of systems would best suit your business.
Use Strong Passwords
Since most of your business will likely be run online, it’s essential that your accounts are secured with complex passwords. Thieves looking to remotely target businesses have been known to gain access due to simple passwords, so this is one area not to disregard.