Security should be at the forefront of planning when it comes to business. While much of the Internet population is just going about their business, there are also thieves ready and waiting to steal every piece of data you have, because—in the wrong hands—it’s worth just as much as cold, hard cash.
But don’t worry; protecting your business from data and monetary burglary is something that your business can do with a few simple steps. Below is a list of five security measures that any business owner should consider:
1. Strong Digital Security Procedures
Some parts of your business may not be able to be secured in a locked room. That’s where strong digital security procedures will keep your data, and that of your customers, safe.
For example, it’s important that your employees use strong passwords. Passwords made of eight or more alphanumeric characters that do not contain any words are likely the most secure to use. Other procedures that fall into this category include locking workstations when they’re not in use, encrypting data, and storing sensitive data on a secured server.
Make sure that you have strong protection around all of your digital information. The last thing you want is for another fiasco like Target had. You can never be too careful when it comes to digital security.
2. Off-Site Sensitive Data Storage
As your business grows and becomes successful, potential thieves will likely learn that your business deals with sensitive information. They will want to break into your business to steal things like financial records, employee identification information and even your business’s financial accounts.
One way to ensure that your data is secured is to store it outside of your business. While there are a few caveats, which include ensuring that your off-site storage solution is secure, the most prominent thing to concern yourself is with the implementation of how you send data off-site. Ensure that you use SSL or another encryption layer. If you have information that should be stored more securely than the rest, then ensure that you have a dedicated line for entering it. If you’ve followed the other recommendations here, then you should have a secure procedure in place that ensures only trustworthy employees have access to certain data.
3. Secure Server Rooms
Servers house data, which has become a very valuable commodity within the last two decades. You should ensure that your data is protected in a fitting manner.
The first basic step you should take is to lock your server room. You should then implement security procedures that log who enters and exits that room, so that no one is able to access the servers anonymously. You may even want to set up a dedicated surveillance camera to keep a visual record of who might try to enter it. You can then proceed with other server room security features, which may include things like mounted server racks to deter quick thefts.
4. Printer Protection
Printers are some of the most common business devices today, and people don’t usually consider the effect they have on security. The problem is that many businesses are unaware of the information that they store in their limited on-board memory.
Scanned and printed documents may be saved on them, which means that pulling information off a poorly secured printer is relatively easy for smart cybercriminals. To keep your printers secure, disable things like printer sharing, and opt for wired connections to your network rather than wireless connectivity. You may even want to opt for printers that automatically purge their on-board memory to keep your data that much more secure.
Knowing who is on and around your premises is key to deterring thieves. The best way to conduct this is through the use of a surveillance system.
Implementing a surveillance system is a smart move because of how cost-efficient and compact some systems can be. Imagine that it extends the functionality of a log book to cover everyone with a record of their face, their clothing, and a plethora of other qualities that can be used later for identification purposes and threat assessments.
Making Your Business Secure
While the outlined security measures above will bolster your business’s security, they are by no means the limit to what you should implement. Things like better encryption, stricter security protocols and even physical network separation will go far in preventing unauthorized physical and digital access to your business. As you continue to grow and acquire more customers and employees, good security practices are key to your ongoing success.
About the Author: Lee Ying is a freelance writer who has worked for security companies large and small and writes extensively on business security topics.