If you’re a business owner then it’s vital for you to spend some time securing your workplace. After all, your office is one of your major assets, while your digital properties are likely business critical. Even when they’re not essential for your operations, they can store valuable business data that could cause big problems if it was compromised.
But knowing that your workplace needs securing is one thing, and knowing exactly how to do it is something completely different. The good news is that we’ve got a few tips that are designed to help you to get started.
Securing Your Workplace
1. Focus on the office
Your business can’t afford to have random people wandering around it, which is why it’s a good idea to use key codes and passwords to stop strangers from simply wandering in. This is important for smaller companies too, although it’s the larger ones that are arguably the most at risk.
2. Don’t forget digital security
Physically securing your workplace is one thing, but digitally securing it is something else entirely. Digital security is an entire field of its own, and you’ll want to think of everything from securing your wireless network to setting up DDoS protection on your website and antivirus software on your computers. While you’re at it, you’ll want to set up a secure password policy, too.
3. Dispose of documents and data correctly
Every company produces proprietary files and data, and that means that they have a responsibility to dispose of them correctly. For physical, printed documents, this may mean putting them through a paper shredder. For digital files, simply deleting them isn’t always enough. Formatting a hard drive doesn’t delete all of the data either, so you’ll need to learn to dispose of them correctly.
4. Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security by calling for two different inputs. For example, as well as entering a password, users might have to enter a code that’s sent to their mobile phone via SMS. Alternatively, they might have a physical USB device that they need to plug in after entering their password.
5. Get CCTV
CCTV is commonplace these days, and so it’s not unusual for even the smallest of businesses to set up cameras. CCTV systems are easily affordable and the simple act of setting them up can be a deterrent, especially for opportunists who might think twice about breaking in if they see that you have cameras.
6. Carry out training
Carrying out training will help your employees to understand what their roles are and how they can best go about keeping your premises and your assets safe from external threats. It can be worth hiring a professional to help you out, especially if this isn’t an area in which you have experience yourself.
Now that you know just a few of our tips for helping you to secure your workplace, it’s over to you so that you can put what you’ve learned into practice. Remember that there are bad actors and even hobbyist hackers out there who are relying on your inactivity so that they can exploit your business and its assets. Don’t let them do it – and if you’re in doubt, consider hiring a professional to help you out. Good luck!
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