Every year, businesses become more and more concerned with cybersecurity. And that’s not a bad thing. With all the hacks, phishing schemes, and viruses out there, it’s important to be educated, so you can stay on top of your game. But that’s not all businesses need to worry about. To fully protect your business, you must also implement measures to protect your physical security.
Most businesses have tools such as Antivirus and firewalls to protect their computers and network from cyberattacks. But it’s just as vital to incorporate strategies for physical security to ensure all confidential data, equipment, software, staff and assets are protected. Ensuring your office is physically secure can prevent you from experiencing break-ins, theft, data loss and lost equipment.
Here are 4 steps you can take to integrate physical security into your business:
- Train your employees on security awareness
Your employees can be your greatest threat or your strongest protection. Train your employees on security do’s and don’ts. And have systems in place to ensure compliance with those policies. Use locks, encryption systems, secure passwords, and only grant access to confidential information to those with proper authorization.
- Install CCTV Cameras and Card Systems for surveillance and security
Install cameras at every entry point to your building. That way you know everyone who comes in and out. This is vital because it allows you to identify anyone that has accessed your building without authorization. If your equipment is lost or stolen, CCTV cameras can be your saviour. You should also secure all entrances with a key or a card system, that way only authorized people can enter the premises.
- Set up alarms
A simple and easy security measure you can implement right away is an alarm system. Using an alarm won’t stop a criminal if they REALLY want in, but it does secure your business by discouraging theft. It will scare off would-be intruders and notify you and the police if someone has trespassed on your property.
- Secure your server room
Most businesses dedicate a room in their office to their server and network infrastructure. Given the criticality of this equipment, you should always ensure it is properly locked and secured. Securing this area will ensure that your data is not compromised or destroyed. It is also important that you limit and monitor who has access to your server room. In general, we recommend limiting access to 1-2 critical employees.
Physical security is just as important as cybersecurity. If someone gets in your office and steals your data or your hardware, you could be in trouble. You might even have a firewall, Antivirus software, and email protections in place to protect your digital assets, but you also need to incorporate security approaches to protect your business offline. If you’re concerned about your physical security, call us at (416) 966-3306 and we are happy to assist.