~by Kara Masterson~
Now that you’ve started your business, you know that it takes much more than a dream and a little money to achieve success. Practically every day you face new challenges that you work hard to convert into opportunities. Still, with everything you do you haven’t done enough if you haven’t considered security. An unlimited number of security issues could compromise the integrity of your firm and jeopardize your future. Adopting a security mindset can do a lot to proactively address many possible problems.
Use the following tips while caring for your company and keeping your business safe.
Hackers and other cyber criminals can attack your firm regardless of its size. Avoid making the mistake of thinking that your business is insignificant to your industry or market. Even if your competitors eclipse you in terms of sales and human resources, the existence of your business means that it is at risk. Create an IT security policy and train your staff to properly use your computer workstations, servers and networks. At the very least, you should have a firewall to detect and prevent digital intruders. Also, equip every computer and mobile device that has access to your network with antivirus and Internet security software.
Preoccupying yourself with digital security can lead to the neglect of traditional measures. Rather than carelessly leaving valuables sitting on shelves, tables and desks, you should secure them to reduce the risk of after-hours theft. Some valuables, including weapons and cash, should be secured in a safe. Luckily, there are security related businesses that offer a variety of safes and security automation tools that can do the job. Inspecting the locks on your doors and windows can help you resolve security lapses before they occur. Similarly, keeping track of keys can prevent unauthorized access to your facility. You should also consider applying digital locks and biometric identification devices to control access to sensitive areas of your firm.
Do you and your employees feel safe during the day while working at a company office? Unanticipated events can result in the death or injury of your team members. Video surveillance and access controls can reduce the accessibility of your facility to outsiders and provide more time to take evasive action in the event of a security event. If necessary, consult with local law enforcement or a security consulting firm to get sensible ideas for workplace safety.
You can ensure business security by paying attention to the above vital safety concerns. As you develop an awareness of security issues, act on them. The results you get from a minimal investment of time, effort and money can deliver remarkable results.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family.