4 Ways Businesses Can Improve Their Security

Whether you own a global franchise or a small startup, the security of your business should be your number one concern. Break-ins and thefts can severely impact your bottom line, and data breaches can be even more difficult to recover from.

Sadly, government statistics show that two-thirds of UK businesses will experience a cyber attack or security breach annually, so it seems the threat to our data has never been more severe. Luckily, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves both physically and virtually. Here are four ways to improve the security of your business.

Use Security Cameras

Interior CCTV cameras are necessary for the safety of any business building, yet many companies are reluctant to use them in case their employees perceive a lack of trust. However, installing security cameras in specific areas of the building may be necessary for your insurance policy, and it can also reduce your rate. Plus, security breaches can happen by accident. If the main door was left unlocked overnight or a window left ajar, you’d want to know who was responsible so that you could address the issue straight away.

Install Security Software

Cyber attacks are rife in the modern world, so improving the data security of your business should be a top priority. Make sure you enforce secure password practices across the board and create a protocol to follow in the event of a cyber attack.

At a basic level, you want to make sure your security package includes anti-spyware programs, anti-virus software and basic firewalls to prevent hacking. Don’t forget to add safeguards to company mobile devices, tablets and laptops, and make sure your software is always in place whenever someone connects to the company network.

Opt for Safety Glass

Safety glass can protect a building from vandalism and infraction, as it is less likely to break or shatter. This kind of glass reduces the risk of accident by impact, so a burglar is unlikely to be able to break in manually. If your business premise doesn't have security glass windows, and your budget won’t stretch to new panes, you can apply solid security glazing quickly and cheaply. Lining windows with a solid polycarbonate sheet will protect you from intruders in much the same way as security glass, but for a fraction of the cost. Click here to find out more.  

Conduct Regular Inspections

No matter how confident you are about the security of your building, you should conduct regular inspections to make sure there are no weaknesses that could be exploited to gain entry. Are CCTV cameras all fully functional? Are your locks all working correctly? Are all of your windows secure? Even the slightest bit of damage to a building could present a weak spot, so be vigilant. You could either perform the inspection yourself or hire a professional to do it.

Whatever the nature of your business, the security of your data and assets is vital. The aftermath of theft can be disastrous for your profits, not to mention it will compromise your employee’s confidence in the workplace, so it is well worth the investment.


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