When your life is your business, you want to ensure it is totally protected from as many eventualities as possible. Whether your business is a retail outlet or an on-line offering, there are a number of risks to your business. Here I will list my hints and tips on protecting your business from possible threats.
Whether your business is a retail outlet or is an office contained within a larger office block, there are a number of physical threats which you need to protect it from. If your business has a shop front, there are a number of security measures you can take, from strengthened glass and shutters. If you are contained within a larger office block then it is important to pay for some security on your floor such as a keypad entry system or even just a new key lock. Make sure the keys are given out sparingly and someone is in charge of locking up at night.
Additionally, get a good quality burglar alarm and CCTV system put in, so that your business is protected morning, noon and night.
Within the confines of your business, if you have a safe, be cautious about who gets access to it and do regular checks on the contents to make sure nothing goes missing. You may trust your employees but you can never be too careful.
Every business has internal documents and some will hold personal information of your customers or about your businesses finances. These cannot get into the hands of ‘Joe Public’ so you need to ensure these are saved onto a reliable server. It may seem old fashioned but there is still an argument for creating back-ups. These can be saved onto a separate network or onto an external memory device.
This should be obvious, but invest in secure anti-virus software to protect your online network from hackers. However it is not enough just to download it, you need to keep it up to date! Many people forget that it doesn’t automatically update so each year make sure it is up to date.
As well as this, it is important that you keep informed to the latest hacks or viruses which are impacting businesses. Your antivirus provider will often have a blog or news section which will be updated with the latest threats and how to protect your business from them.
If your business relies on a phone system to either contact customers or to provide customer service then it is vital that you have a reliable broadband and phone systems package for your business from a known brand. You want to be sure that the line is well taken care of and that you are receiving the best deal and service.
Additionally, you want to ensure that it is secure and that the network is protected from anyone who wants to try and hack in and use your lines.
Here are some additional measures you can implement to make sure your business is secure.
- Fire- proof safes: These are a valuable purchase if you have any precious items which need protection.
- Security guard: It may seem a little extreme but if you are at all concerned it can be a worthwhile piece of mind.
- Spot checks: If you are concerned your staff are stealing, consider bringing in spot checks to inspect their bags. This is allowed if they are aware you may do it and if they are present when you do the check.
- Create secure passwords and change them regularly: This is an obvious one but we are all guilty of being lazy when it comes to passwords. You should change them every few months and they should be over 6 characters long and include numbers and characters.
Your business is your livelihood, so it is vital that you are confident it is wholly protected from the many threat to its’ security.