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The 5 Biggest Security Issues that Businesses Often Forget

Posted by Admin | October 20, 2016 | IT Security

Mandy Loose, Fleet and Properties Manager at security specialist Evander, shares her thoughts on the biggest threats to your business you may be overlooking.

No matter what type of business you have, the security of your premises, your employees, and both your physical and digital assets is paramount. Security breaches can come in many forms, and while you may concentrate your efforts on the area which is most relevant and urgent in your sector, you could be taking your eye off the ball elsewhere.

For example, if you deal with a lot of customer data, your IT security is likely to be at the forefront of your strategy. With much of your resource being used to ensure your digital security is up to scratch, you may overlook some more practical, physical security aspects. The key lies in finding the balance between being informed, being prepared and being able to judge your risks properly.

Allowing staff to access Wi-Fi

Most business will have Wi-Fi on the premises these days and who you open this up to should be carefully considered. Where your Wi-Fi is available to customers, a separate more secure connection should be arranged. When the Wi-Fi is linked up to your internal systems, you should be aware that staff members who have the password can access the internet from their phone or tablet, and therefore may accidentally invite a virus into your network and put your business at risk. Ensure your employees are aware of the rules surrounding internet use at work and put security measures in place if you have not yet done so.

Business premises security

As mentioned above, it can be all too easy to concentrate on digital security and overlook the more ‘old-fashioned’ security concerns. Breaking and entering, theft and vandalism still happens to businesses everywhere, particularly if it’s obvious that you have expensive items such as laptops on the premises. If you have premises which are remote or unmanned for long periods of time, it’s always worth upping your defences by installing security lighting and cameras, as well as ensuring there is a decent external barrier to keep thieves out in the first place. This can be in the form of high walls or fences, security grilles, toughened glazing and high-security locks.

Natural disasters

Some parts of the world are more at risk of natural disasters, such as extreme weather conditions, fire, flooding and earthquakes, but wherever your business is located you should still consider the impact Mother Nature can have. It only takes one bad storm to create damage and therefore a security risk, and this can occur anywhere in the world.

Your business premises themselves should be in good order — if you are unable to visually inspect the roof yourself, this should be arranged with a contractor. Heavy rain and wind can dislodge roof tiles on old or damaged roofs, or even pool on flat roofs to cause potential flooding and damp problems if not addressed. Large hailstones can smash skylights and windows, so toughened security glass is always recommended. If your business premises is in a very tall building, ensure there are lightning conductors installed to direct the flow of electricity away from more important areas.

An opportunist thief may take advantage of damaged business premises, so always keep less-frequently used premises on your radar in case of a problem.

Keeping records

While the paperwork surrounding running a business may feel never-ending, it’s always wise to ensure you go above and beyond with your record keeping to ensure any loss or damage is noticed as soon as possible. Some thieves are clever and it may not always be immediately obvious that you’ve been burgled. In some cases, the theft could have been planned over a long period of time, so it’s easy to fall a few steps behind the culprits. Taking inventory, making a point to check parts of the building which aren’t used often, and noting who is entering and leaving the building is important and should all be undertaken regularly. Not only is this important for identifying security issues sooner, but it can also help greatly with any subsequent investigation or insurance claim. A business which is run in mess and chaos, with little record of stock or risk assessments to fall back on, will be very hard for investigators to process if a theft does occur.

Insurance small print

Last but not least, always read your insurance small print before making any decisions about the type of cover you should take out for your business. It’s likely that you’ll have a number of different insurance policies covering different aspects of the business, and it’s paramount that you have the right type of protection provided by each one. Security is about protecting your business from loss, and if you don’t have a suitable policy in place then you may not be able to claim anything back should something bad happen. Ensure all contingencies are covered and that any valuations and limits are correct and practical. Update your insurer if anything changes (i.e. if you have new security cameras installed or if you are storing more stock than usual) so that they are aware and can amend your policy accordingly. Failure to do so may result in a failure to claim back loss which wasn’t your fault.

Protecting your business has so many different facets, that it’s always worth getting all employees on board so that they understand what to look out for and when to mention something which could pose a security risk. Communicate with everyone within your business about the importance of security, and you’ll have a much better chance of staying safe.

Source: thecsuite

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