Big or small, crime still poses a massive threat to many businesses. In fact, businesses account for over 20% of all recorded crime. The problem is, it is so hard to protect against because there are so many avenues in which attackers can now scurry down. All the old tricks still remain, the ones that require a physical presence, but the digital age has brought about a bunch of additional tricks that an attacker can hide up their sleeve. As such, making sure your business is security tight is an imperative part of being successful. It will allow you to operate with a clear mind, and give your clients and customers confidence in your abilities to manage this worry. Failing to do so, however, could be disastrous.
Assess All Risks
Without knowing where your business is vulnerable, you can’t possible work on a solution. As such, it is imperative that you run frequent and thorough risk assessments to see where any gaps may be. It could be that you have previously been the victim of a crime, in which case you know that this area needs to be addressed. However, it is always worth bringing in a specialist company to test your security measures and inform you of the upgrades you need to make.
While there has been a shift in how crimes take place, it is always worth protecting the physical aspects of your business. If you run a construction business, then have your employees remove tools from their vehicles so they are not in there overnight. If you have an office, ensure you have a strengthened doors and locks fitted to the windows, even security lighting. Have an alarm system in place and CCTV cameras in operation 24/7. If you are a shop, put in some security shutters to stop any break in’s. The more you do to deter a physical deter, and really sell these deterrences, then the less likely you will be a victim.
These has become the most common form of attack on businesses, and they are getting more and more sophisticated. As such, you need to make sure that you have everything in place to prevent anyone hacking into your servers. If you don’t know what you are doing on this front, or have an inexperienced IT department, then start using managed IT services. They will be able to handle all your needs and will ensure your system has all the right firewalls and encryptions, not just on desktops and laptops, but all devices used for work.
You need to train your staff in best practices. This will benefit your business and them personally. Teach them the importance of having secure passwords, and use an online checker to ensure their chosen password is up to scratch. Show them how sophisticated attacks are becoming with examples of phishing emails and spear phishing and SMShing. There are so many ways they can fall prey, while at home too, so make sure they are prepared and know the procedures.
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