Identify Your Business’ Security Vulnerabilities

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by under Safety

No matter the business size or type, there are always going to be security weaknesses. Fortunately, there are ways to identify and address these vulnerabilities before it’s too late.

This post discusses three critical areas you should assess to eliminate security weaknesses in your business.

1. Business Location and Surroundings

Much of your business’ physical security depends on your surroundings and location. To identify location-based vulnerabilities, ask yourself:

  • Are there other businesses close to mine?
  • How easily can people enter?
  • How lit up is my building externally and internally?
  • What is the crime rate in my area?
  • What time of the day are my employees coming and going?

Using these questions, understand potential weaknesses that are dangerous to your business and employees, and share concerns with your security vendor. They can help you determine what equipment may be suitable for you, such as access controls, intrusion and fire alrms, surveillance cameras or external lights.

2. IT Equipment and Devices 

Modern technology is a great way to improve company efficiency, but it must be secured properly. If devices and equipment are not protected, there is potential for hackers to break into your system and gain access to valuable company information.

Assess your company’s IT set-up, including routers, servers and end-user devices. Strive to keep technology and data as safe as possible:

  • Create email and Internet browsing standards.
  • Grant network and program authentication only to necessary individuals.
  • Require unique passwords for devices and systems.
  • Secure internal WiFi and networks.
  • Use firewalls.

3. Vendors and Employees   

One of the most beneficial ways to protect your company is to hire trusted vendors and employees.

When selecting vendors, consider recommendations from allied businesses, and research the company’s experience and credibility. In doing so, you won’t have to worry about the vendor’s intentions and authenticity when entering your building.

Employees are also a huge aspect of keeping your company safe from harm. In addition to an in-depth hiring process, educate employees on the importance of security. Teach workers the value of protecting confidential information to avoid careless and uneducated mistakes.

How do you avoid security weaknesses within your business? Share your tips with us in the comments below!

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