It is much easier to start a business in today’s economy than it has been in the past. This also has led to the increase in hackers looking to target vulnerable companies. Security is an important aspect of running a company and ensuring it reduces potential risks and liabilities. As technology continues to advance, it is critical to constantly look for ways to protect your business and make it more secure. Here are a few security tips every business should consider in the coming year.
Buildings and Property
Every business faces different types of physical security threats. They range from attacks from malicious parties in the form of theft to attacks from natural disasters such as flood and fires. Physical security is very important yet often overlooked by many businesses. Here are some physical security measures you can implement.
Alarm systems have become very sophisticated and are the first line of defense. You can access and monitor the system through any mobile device. You can get a good business security system within any budget and still be able to customize it to your needs. Alarms can notify you and the authorities of any unauthorized intruders 24/7. You should plan on spending up to $500 for equipment and a monthly fee from $50 to $250, depending on the level of service.
Good lighting is important to discourage potential criminal activity and also increase a sense of safety. Attackers are more likely to strike when it is dark since it decreases the chances of being caught and recognized. A professional who has experience with landmark lighting can minimize hiding spots, allow for physical detection and facial recognition, and see which types of security lights work best for your home. Effective lighting also is a relatively inexpensive way to protect your business.
It is important to educate and encourage everyone in the company to take proactive physical measures. You should create a standard operating procedure and include it in the employee handbook to limit exposure to any attacks. You can limit the amount of cash on the office premises, implement a strict system for locking doors and turning on security systems. You can even create employee IDs or badges to allow access to only certain personnel to secure areas. These proactive measures can help protect the business and avoid costly mistakes.
Another aspect of security that you should focus on is online security. In this digital age many businesses have their confidential information stored digitally. Here are a few aspects of online security to take into consideration.
One of the most common ways hackers break into and steal valuable information is by guessing passwords. Do you know the most common password people use? It is the word “password”! Another common one is “123456.” Many people use these easy passwords so they can remember it easily. You want to choose complex passwords that others cannot predict and make sure to change them regularly.
Many online sites require you to use a combination of numbers, letters, CAPs, and special characters. There are apps and programs like LastPass that can help you create, keep track, and securely store your complex passwords. In the event that their is a password data breach, you can use companies like SecureForensics.com to help you fix the breach, investigate your case, and find the cybercriminals.
Avoid Strange Links.
When cybercriminals strike, they often come in the form of strange links and attachments. For online safety reasons, avoid clicking on links, opening suspicious emails, and downloading attachments you aren’t familiar with. Downloading malicious malware to your computer gives hackers access to your computer and sensitive data.
A common strategy hackers use is phishing. Phishing is a cybercrime in which targets are contacted by email, telephone or text by someone posing as a legitimate institution. Their goals is to lure you into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. Then the hackers take this information to go to the real sites with your data.
Cybercriminals are much more sophisticated, so make sure the email is addressed to the right recipient by email and name, check for grammatical errors, verify that the link goes to the actual site (or use your own link to the site), and activate web tools that can help you identify malicious phishing sites.
Monitor Your Accounts.
If you notice any unfamiliar activities like strange emails being sent from your account or attempted logins from other countries, don’t ignore it. To be on the safe side, check to make sure your accounts aren’t compromised and install a good firewall. Hackers will often create a random email with a name that you may recognize. Don’t send any sensitive information over email unless you have verified the recipient. Make sure all employees know the different types of scams and educate them on how to recognize and prevent any online security attacks.