One of the biggest fears for any business is a security breach, which could put both yourselves and your customers at risk. It’s important to put in place measures to safeguard vulnerable areas of your business to keep your personal property data safe. So how can you improve your business security?
- Install a security system
Whether you have valuable property on site or just want the peace of mind that no one is snooping around your offices at night then it’s worth installing a security system. There are many different types of business security systems out there, from the basic motion detection alarms to monitored CCTV and which is right for you will largely depend on your budget and the level of security you require. Consider consulting professional help to audit your workspace and help you decide on the best solution.
- Perform background checks
It’s a well known fact that a companies staff can be one of their strongest assets but your staff can also be your weakest link if not vetted properly for the job. Ensure that staff members who have access to confidential material or valuable data are background checked to ensure they have no prior history of theft of misconduct.
- Set up a virtual data room
If you are holding and sharing data then set up a virtual data room. A virtual data room, sometimes referred to as a Virtual Data Room (VDR), is used for storing, collaboration and distribution of files and documents. Built especially for due diligence and for the safekeeping of confidential information a virtual data room is more secure than a physical data room and provides authorized users with access through a dedicated website. Click here for more on data room hosting.
- Ensure all company devices have antivirus protection
Whether your employees use their personal devices or company computers to carry out their work it’s vital that they all have a reputable antivirus software installed to protect them against possible malware and attacks which can access confidential files or delete data. This may seem like an obvious step but you may be surprised at how many of your staff members do not have any form of antivirus on their computer so get them clued up on online security and remember to enforce this for employees who work remotely or from home.
- Encrypt sensitive information
Encryption is a way of coding information making unreadable to unauthorized users. Modern operating systems often have some encryption software built in but there are plenty of other tools out there if you want to take your encryption game further and better protect your data.
- Use strong passwords for entryways
As well as using a strong password for your computer you should also ensure that your business uses strong passwords for other entryways into the business such as social media channels and websites. You may think that these channels do not contain confidential information however you’d be surprised at what a hacker can find out through your social media or website and this information could be used to gain access to more valuable areas of the business.