Regardless of whether your business is a global retail corporation or a small local service shop, you need to address a range of security issues to protect your organization. Implementing and maintaining strong security policies and solutions is important for the survival of your business. Here are three areas to focus on.
1.) Prevent Workplace Violence:
About 700 workplace homicides occur each year in the U.S., while fights between employees can lead to injuries and lawsuits that you might be accountable for. Violence disrupts productivity and lowers morale. It can frighten away customers, resulting in lost revenue and a bad reputation. If you have to summon police, it could lead to bad press and even more loss of prestige. There’s also a threat from outsiders, such as bitter ex-employees and incensed romantic partners. Employees won’t be happy and focused if they don’t feel safe. It’s important to do background checks on new hires and issue digitally-coded IDs. Encourage employees to report suspicious or threatening behavior. Exterior doors should be metal and remain locked when not in use. Visitors should only be allowed through the front door, and not allowed past the lobby without a trusted escort.
2.) Secure the Premises:
There’s also a constant threat to company property from thieves and vandals. You may have thousands of dollars tied up in inventory, equipment, and electronics. While your property insurance may cover you financially, it won’t make up for the loss of productivity and peace of mind. Surround the property with chain-link fences and have a security company at the gate or patrolling regularly. If your budget doesn’t permit that, at least invest in surveillance cameras and lighting that covers all points of entry. You can also utilize shatter-proof glass, anti-graffiti paint, alarm systems, and electronic rather than traditional locks.
3.) Safeguard Your Network:
The main challenge is protecting your information. Customer and financial data is a tempting target for cyber criminals. Hostile governments are training small armies of hackers to steal intellectual property they can exploit for themselves. When funds are limited, you might consider contracting with a cloud-based security provider. They can not only monitor your network, but deploy the latest security software and provide solutions to ensure you’re compliant with changing regulations.
While you can’t be 100 percent secure around the clock, you should take advantage of every available resource. Just having security in place can discourage intrusion and help protect your employees and valuable assets.