10 Best Types of Security for Your Business
In today’s dynamic threat environment, strong security is more important than ever for small businesses and large corporations alike. From phishing emails to ransomware, most threats faced by companies these days are computer- or software-related. The modern economy’s reliance on information technology is enough to influence any business person to focus on threats presented by attackers utilizing cyber-based methods.
Despite the sexy nature of the current cybersecurity industry, business leaders that are genuinely committed to their company’s security must turn their focus to more traditional threats, such as trespassing and burglary, while also keeping the advanced threats of cybersecurity in mind. Cyber attackers can do significant damage, and most businesses — especially small business — don’t utilize the type of information technology infrastructure that’s needed to prevent a cyber-attack.
Let’s look at 10 of the best types of security that business owners can leverage to protect both their physical and digital assets. Important types to consider utilizing are traditional physical security, modern security innovations, and basic cybersecurity tools.
Best Types of Security for Your Business
Traditional Types of Security: Timeless Tools for Physical Assets
Security Type #1: The Paper Shredder
When first considering the utility of a paper shredder as a security tool, some business professionals may be taken aback. After all, how can a tool as basic and outdated as a simple paper shredder help to secure a modern business? This is a fair point. However, there’s a reason that major companies are still using paper shredders.
Even in our digitized, global economy, ensuring that physical documents don’t fall into the wrong hands is an essential step for business owners to take. As unlikely as it may seem, there have been cases of businesses being victimized by “dumpster divers,” who literally dig through a company’s trash in search of documents that may contain valuable information.
The simple step of shredding documents when they’re no longer needed can go a long way in ensuring your company’s proprietary information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Security Type #2: Security Camera Systems
A basic security camera system (also known as a CCTV system) can be extremely helpful in furthering the security of your company’s physical storefront or offices. Being able to see what’s going out outside the business, whether in front of your offices or in a dim alleyway between the adjacent building, is an important component of any modern business security system.
Although cybersecurity attacks are surging, most small businesses are more at risk from being victimized by a robbery than a cyber-attack. Regardless of the business sector, securing the physical perimeter of your company is an important step to take. Additionally, if your business is unfortunate enough to be the victim of a robbery, a CCTV system can make a huge difference when looking for the perpetrators of such crimes.
Security Type #3: A Dependable, Physical Lock for Your Business
Like some of the other timeless types of security mentioned above, a dependable physical lock for the business is a no-brainer. Consider using multiple locks simultaneously for additional security (e.g., a number pad lock coupled with a key card). A lock may be obvious, but a dependable one needs to be mentioned as small businesses have fallen victim to criminals due to poor locks.
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Modern Security Innovations: Leverage Cutting-Edge Technology to Defend Your Business
Security Type #4: Home Security Systems
When working to develop your company’s security plan, why not take advantage of cutting-edge technology? A home security system can also be used for a small business.
Some home security systems combine the best of classic systems with cutting-edge advances in modern technology. Consider a system with a built-in cellular connection and battery backup option to guarantee you get a notification if your business has been broken into, regardless of whether the electricity is on or the Wi-Fi is still operational.
These dynamic features can combine with smart sensors ranging from motion detectors to wireless cameras to ensure that your business is protected by the best that modern security technology has to offer.
Security Type #5: Wireless Security Tags
Wouldn’t it be great to never lose track of your phone, wallet, or keys? This may only present minor inconveniences for most people, but not for a business. The loss of a company’s storefront keys or a smartphone with valuable information saved can be enough to induce panic in small business owners.
Such issues are solved with a wireless security tag like Tile. Simply connect your Tile to the application (which also has a web portal in case you lose your phone), and you’ll be notified whenever your phone is separated from your wallet or keys.
Security Type #6: Access Control System
Installing an access control system is a great way to ensure people who enter your business are meant to enter. These days, more and more companies are faced with the possibility of intruders accessing their building and potentially harming their employees or stealing valuable items and data. The right access control system can prevent such incidents from happening.
Luckily, you don’t need to be a multi-billion dollar corporation to achieve maximum security for your business. In fact, there are access control systems of all types that can achieve your security goals at a price you can afford. No need to skimp on protection just because you’re a small business. There are commercial security solutions available.
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Cybersecurity: Defend Your Company’s Digital Assets
Security Type #7: Two-Factor Authentication Keychains
Two-factor authentication keychains can be an effective and affordable solution to help ensure that only employees with access to a computer system can log on. Employees simply insert their physical key (often on a keychain) into a USB port along with their password to verify who they are and that they do, in fact, have access.
Since it’s possible the authentication key could be misplaced, consider pairing the keychain with a security tag to ensure your employees always have access to their information.
Security Type #8: Cybersecurity Awareness Training
Within cybersecurity circles, it’s known that the weakest part of any business security system is typically the humans who interact with it. Companies should invest in training their employees on the importance of good cyber hygiene and password upkeep. Such habits can make the difference between maintaining cybersecurity or becoming the victim of a cyber-attack.
Security Type #9: Email Security
Don’t fall victim to email phishing and spyware. There are many security services available to safeguard your valuable data. Proper firewalls can be installed to ward off any dangerous emails sent within a company’s network. They specialize in the detection of spyware and phishing emails, so whether you’ve been a victim of such attacks in the past or need to put in preventative measures to ensure you don’t become a victim, make sure you have them.
And don’t think that these attacks are only for larger companies. Phishing scams don’t discriminate. They seek out vulnerabilities in any business and attack. In fact, small businesses are often prime targets.
Security Type #10: Ransomware Security
Like email security, ensure your company doesn’t fall victim to ransomware attacks. Ransomware locks a computer’s files until the victim pays a ransom. Using a detection software service can go a long way, as it was recently reported that victims of ransomware have paid an estimated $25 million to regain access to their data.
Assessing Your Business Security Needs
Understanding what threats your company faces is essential to developing and implementing a robust security strategy. Have you taken the right steps to prevent malware from spreading through your network? Do you know who’s accessing your business, and when? If, after you’ve read this article, you’re rethinking your current security, good — because criminals of all types are thinking about your security too.
Set aside some time to reevaluate the areas that are causing you some concern, no matter how minor that may be. Even the smallest vulnerability can leave a lasting impact on your company. Consider speaking with a security system expert. Work with them to determine if both your physical and network security are up-to-date. Fix any vulnerabilities and continue to educate your staff about evolving risks. It’s the best way to safeguard your business.
Originally published at source1security.com on August 27, 2018.