The first and most important part of any building is the foundation. Similarly, your security system needs a strong starting block to build upon. This includes a secure network and the best equipment.
Consider the following tips to build a solid security infrastructure.
Secure Your Network
Cyber security is a major concern for business owners, as it’s estimated that cyber crime will cost victims $6 trillion by the year 2021. To combat this, secure the network your company’s devices and data live on. Otherwise, you run the risk of leaving holes in your system, granting access to hackers and posing a threat to sensitive data.
Some effective ways to secure your network from cyber threats are:
- Monitor your network and devices for threats. There are a number of proactive and reactive services that can be bundled with a monitoring program to create the right management solution for any networked system.
- Secure each network element. Switches, building management systems, the computers you log into and every device in between should be secured to avoid a security breach.
- Consider a managed broadband solution. For companies with fewer employees or little time for managing their network, use a trusted provider that can provide continuous network management.
Integrate Basic Security Equipment
Once you’re operating on a secure, top-performing network, install some standard, but important, security devices:
- Install video cameras to keep an eye on employees and patrons. Live feeds can stream to your smartphone, tablet or desktop, allowing you to check in on suspicious activity from anywhere.
- Deter theft with monitored alarms that emit an audible noise when your property or specific areas are breached.
- Restrict entry to special areas with access control systems. Photo identification systems and access cards are two ways to control who can enter certain places within your business.
- Ensure that all fire and smoke detectors are well placed and up to code. Not only is it the law, it’s smart business sense to protect your employees and company from the deadly signs of fire.
- Use environmental hazard sensors, such as carbon monoxide detectors and water sensors. In the event of a threat, such as a flood or a burst pipe, you’ll be notified right away, potentially saving thousands of dollars in damaged goods and property.
Educate Your Employees
As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to teach employees the importance of security best practices:
- Require passwords and antivirus protection on all devices. If you have a BYOD policy, this is especially important because employees may be more lenient when using their own devices.
- Protect employees who work remotely. Remote work is an excellent benefit for employees, but it creates opportunity for connecting to unsecured networks and potentially stolen devices. Encourage safeguards, such as password protection and the use of virtual private networks (VPNs).
- Hold regular training sessions. At least once a year, remind the entire staff of company security policies and educate them on new developments.