3 Ways to Improve Your Company’s Security
As a business owner, you need your business to be secure. An attack against your business can not only lead you to lose significant profits, but customers’ private information as well.
When you think of security threats, you likely think of thieves and vandals who would break into your business and steal products, cash, or documents.
However, there can be internal security risks too. You must try to address all potential security risks in order to ensure that your business and your customers’ information are safe. Here are a few ways you can improve your company’s security and protect your business.
Installing a business surveillance system can help protect you from both internal and external threats to security. When thieves are choosing a business to target, they are looking for buildings that don’t have a security system of any kind, and most especially ones that don’t have cameras; being caught on a security camera is a quick and easy way to end up in prison. If would-be thieves see that you have a surveillance system in place, they will likely pass up your business and find an easier target. The surveillance system also acts as a deterrent against any internal theft or illegal activities. When employees know that there are cameras throughout the office, they are going to be much more hesitant to steal cash, products, or client information. The last thing they want is to be caught stealing from the cash register or copying confidential documents on tape.
Today, the most secure way to handle documents is to not actually handle them at all, especially if those documents include valuable, confidential information like clients’ Social Security numbers or credit card information. Rather than keeping hard copies of these kinds of documents in your office, you should have digital copies on a secure drive, and that drive should only be accessible to those employees who really need access to that information. By going paperless, you decrease the odds of losing information or having it copied or stolen. There are a lot of secure, paperless systems for sharing documents out there, so look into them and find one that’s right for your company. And if you do happen to have hard copies of important documents, make sure you shred them as soon as you no longer need them.
If you want your building to be secure, you should use an electronic system that only unlocks the building for those with an access card. These electronic access systems are a lot harder to break into than simple lock-and-key systems, so you don’t have to worry about any common criminal being able to break into your business. These types of systems can also be used to restrict employee access to certain areas, or to limit the times at which certain employees are allowed to enter the building.
Each access card can be coded to only open certain doors during certain hours so that you can ensure nobody is going somewhere they shouldn’t or entering your business during odd hours. Additionally, these systems can track what cards are being used to access which areas. If something goes missing, you can look at the history in the system to see which employees’ cards were used to enter the building or access the area where something went missing. This can be a valuable feature to have, and can be a deterrent for internal theft.