Now that cyber security is on a par with physical security in terms of importance, combining the two can help you achieve adequate protection for your business. Here are 10 key tips for small business security that can apply to any industry:
1. Use keyless entry systems.
Hanging keys on a hook by the door is not a secure way to store entry tools. Instead, there are a variety of keyless entry systems that can be issued to employees so they can access facilities without compromising small business security. New York-based establishments of all types can take advantage of these systems, regardless of the number of employees.
2. Install cameras at entry points.
Security cameras are getting smaller and smarter, which means it’s easier than ever to install them near every door in your building. Whether you want cameras to blend discreetly into the environment or be visible to anyone walking by, there are various models available to fit your goal.
3. Illuminate, illuminate, illuminate.
Whether or not the cameras themselves are discreet, the areas being filmed should be illuminated so that footage will be as visible as possible. Areas not being filmed should also be illuminated with motion-sensored lights, which can startle trespassers and prompt them to flee.
4. Manage barriers.
Depending on your site, barriers must be evaluated or implemented for proper security. For base level buildings, you can create natural barriers from landscaping, including hedges, trees and shrubs, to discourage people from trespassing. By keeping this vegetation neatly trimmed, a business will send the message that the property is, indeed, well-managed and maintained. For high rise buildings, you can evaluate roof and window access to determine if additional barriers are needed.
5. Revisit cyber security policies.
The first step toward improved cyber security is updating policies as necessary. Check on the policy that’s on file, and update it according to any new concerns that have emerged since the policy was written. These concerns may relate to: email and other data transfer technologies, social media use, backups, web administration roles and other matters. And make sure your employees know the safest way to handle their computers.
6. Update firewalls.
Firewalls are a must for cyber security, but they aren’t a one-and-done method. They must be updated according to best practices in order to protect company devices against viruses and malware. Make sure the IT department is staffed with professionals who are plugged in current industry protocol and able to keep the organization updated.
7. Update passwords.
Passwords should also be updated frequently. Some best practices protocols recommend quarterly updates, while more aggressive policies can dictate monthly password updates. One of the most widely accepted small business security policies is mandating that passwords are 12 characters or more, with a combination of letters, numbers and special characters.
8. Backup data and store it properly.
Data backups are key to warding off security breaches. Sensitive data at a small business – including financial information, human resource files and proprietary product information – can be better protected with routine backups and cloud storage.
9. Implement mobile policies.
Many employees accept that they are expected to have 24/7 access to work tools; for example, they are willing to use work email on their mobile phones. While there are clear business advantages to this, it also necessitates a mobile security plan. If it hasn’t yet been done, have IT staff write and enforce mobile security policies for employees.
10. Lock devices at day’s end.
When work shifts are over, all computers should be locked. If employees are allowed remote access to their desktops, IT can ensure that this can happen even when devices are locked. Locking computers with a secure password is easy for employees to do habitually at the end of every work day.
These are some of the most important ways to make cyber security and physical security work together for improved small business security. There’s no one right answer for security; it’s about understanding that both physical and cyber security need to work hand-in-hand for the best security. For questions on implementing small business security systems, contact POM Technologies.
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