As a business owner, it’s perfectly normal to look for strategies to improve your organisation’s security. The first thing entrepreneurs think about when it comes to protection is cyber security. Sure, it’s crucial to keep corporate data safe from outside cyber threats, especially with all the advancements in technology that make it possible for data thieves to access systems and steal confidential files. But physical security is just as vital as cyber one for many reasons.
Physical security is often overlooked or underemphasised because not all entrepreneurs understand its importance. You may think that a break-in is impossible, but you’ll be amazed how many criminals are waiting to walk into your organisation. Some of them are so sneaky that it’s nearly impossible to feel their presence so that the moment when you realise important equipment is missing, they would already walk out the door.
Break-ins and corporate espionage are real, and now more than ever, you should take the proper measures. Don’t know where to start? No worries – we’ve rounded up some security ideas and tips to help you take your company’s security to the next level. Keep reading!
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Video surveillance should be on the top of your priorities list when it comes to providing physical security for your company. Obviously, you cannot be in several places at once, so you cannot monitor everything that happens in your organisation, but video cameras can. Consider installing surveillance cameras both inside and outside the building to prevent any potential crime. Vandalism, trespassing, and theft are some of the most common crimes at a workplace. Even if you doubt their occurrence in your organisation, it would be safer to implement video cameras to ensure no unauthorised individual enters and exits your facility. Sensitive areas are often the most attractive target for criminals – that’s why you should focus on installing a modern monitoring system in restricted areas.
Ensure you use high-quality connectors when installing video cameras and CCTV systems. Since everything revolves around technology these days, it shouldn’t be difficult to find models that meet the requirements of the most extreme environments – and overt placement cameras do need that. There’s a variety of power connectors to choose from (M25, RD24, RD30, Bayonet HEC, etc.), so make sure you use the suitable model for your monitoring system.
Protect Your Electronic Gadgetry
Drives, printers, workstations – all need adequate protection. Just think about why criminals would enter an organisation. They must look for valuable items, and in this case, electronic gadgetry is on the top of their searches. Corporate devices are generally state-of-the-art gadgets, hence their high price. You should be aware that not only cybercriminals look for stealing information stored on a computer, but physical robbers too. It’s understandable that not everyone has the necessary skills to break into a system – in fact, these individuals are rare. Most criminals would opt for physical theft because, this way, they steal both equipment and data. Criminals usually resell electronics for a lot of money, and when confidential information on them is also their target, they can sell it too.
Consider placing information systems and devices in safe areas so that no unauthorised individual will access them. It’s vital to restrict physical access to telecommunication lines, communications and network hardware, and wireless access points to reduce the risk of any internal or external threat. You can also secure them with supporting tools to enhance enterprise security.
Another solution would be to allow your employees to take their laptops home. Robbery generally happens outside of working hours, so thieves are more likely to break in when no one is working. However, if this is not possible, ensure they secure their devices with a cable lock.
Install Better Locks
One of the easiest ways to enhance security in an organisation is to change the locks on the doors. If you haven’t paid enough attention to the locks so far, it’s time to rethink this option. Criminals usually enter a building using the doors (don’t imagine that they still break in through a window in 2022), but if you install high-security locks, it’s possible to ruin their plans.
However, it would be better to check if the locks can be changed since some tenants may not accept that. If you’re the owner of the building, then you have the legal right to install security locks. Changing the locks of the doors in the entire building is too much for your pocket? Then consider placing modern locks on doors that lead to systems storing confidential information or valuable equipment. There are also cases when the space doesn’t allow you to keep expensive gadgetry in locked rooms so that you’re forced to store it in heavy foot traffic areas. In this case, you can use drawers and cabinets and lock them. Remember that poorly functioning locks provide little security, so replacing the locks that don’t work when you identify this operational error would be helpful.
Maybe one of the most important things you can do for your company’s physical security is to teach your employees how crucial it is to keep confidential data for themselves. These may include the location of high-valued items and servers containing sensitive information. Invest in proper training for your employees to ensure they understand the necessity of the physical security procedures and prepare them for potential threats. No attack should be underestimated in a company – there are dangers of all kinds, including armed robbery.
It is essential to establish a security culture at the workplace and ensure every employee takes security seriously. Suppose you feel that you’re not in the position to teach others. In that case, you can hire a security professional to couch both you and your workers regarding the significance of proper security practice.
And don’t forget to issue employee ID cards to monitor the activity in your organisation. You may know the names of all your workers, but an intruder can sneak in at any time. Each worker needs to have an access key and use it every time they enter the building. But that’s what training is for – to give them all this information.
Follow the recommendations mentioned above and make your company’s safety a priority!