Businesses are vulnerable to crimes that include burglary, robbery, arson, equipment theft and data theft. Here are some tips to protect your business:
- Be Alert - Businesses should always be alert and vigilant. The most important times when people need to be very conscious about their surroundings would be during opening and closing hours. It's very important for employers to pay extra attention to both employees and those outside the company during these key times because many people will try to take advantage of any distraction.
- Provide Proper Lighting - Bright lighting should be installed on all the doors and parking lots to improve security for both the business and its employees. Make sure that your business is clearly visible from the street so that any police or security people will be able to see into the store or area clearly. Remember that burglars often target offices and businesses located in areas not viewable from the street.
- Get Help from a Security Company - It also pays to have good security installed on your premises. Getting a proper alarm system for your business is really quite affordable and it could pay for itself the first time it is triggered.
- Take Care of Your Data and Limit Access - The information that you get from your customers as well as the information you have for your business should be well protected. Don't wait for a breach in security to secure all of your information. A mistake like that can mean spending a lot of time and money to make up for it. It's best to always take precautions to avoid leakage of sensitive data.
- Always Use Firewalls - The use of firewalls is to contain communication to within a specified network and to disallow communication with other networks not related to the business. Firewalls should be activated for all computers in your business. This really will increase the security levels of your company to limit any unauthorized access coming from outside your network.
- Have Emergency Plans in Place - Make sure that you already have documents outlining steps to follow in case of an emergency. It's best to always be prepared for eventualities such as fire, theft, floods and the like. And even if it does sound cheesy, having drills performed regularly will pay-off, and is sometimes required by fire prevention or insurance agencies.
- Conduct Audits - Audits of all the information and data that your employees store in their computers or in their profiles should be done regularly to reduce security risks. Apart from the softcopies of the files, make sure to also do audits on the hardcopies kept in their drawers. Make it a rule that all paper documents containing client or business information should be shredded on a regular basis once it is no longer needed. This protects not only you from liability, but it also protects your customer’s personal information.