A safe workplace is one where employees and customer feel secure, where they feel that their information is protected and where there is low risk for damage or injury. Keeping your business secure will save you from future hassles and costs and will keep your customers’ trust in your service or product. Remember, though, that business security is more than just a good lock on your door. Rather, it encompasses physical, digital and legal security.
Use Security Cameras
Security cameras should be used inside and outside your business to monitor for potential burglars, people who want to damage your property and even your own employees. Not only will cameras deter people from harming your business, but they can also be used for investigation purposes should your business be harmed. Be sure to place cameras in key locations near doors, windows, driveways and parking lots.
Install Alarm Systems
Consider having professionals from a business install an alarm system in your business. It should be set up to trip if a door or window is breached after hours. It should also include motion sensors, particularly in rooms that hold expensive equipment or vital information. An article by Johns Brothers Security states that you should avoid putting a “Protected by ADT” sticker on your door, since knowing specific security systems can inform burglars how to disable them. Put on a generic sticker instead.
Secure Doors and Windows
If you are building a new business or renovating an old one, you must choose your doors and windows with care. Many businesses feature large windows, which can easily be shattered by burglars. Consider using shatterproof glass for new windows and doors or have a shatterproof film placed over existing windows. Additionally, ensure that all doors are secured with deadbolts.
Update Operating Systems and Internet Security
Digital and Internet security are also vital considerations to make as you work to secure your business. When you purchase new computers and software, make sure that you select automatic updates. These updates work to solve security problems and to keep your information free from security breaches. In addition, keep your Internet security up-to-date by using the latest malware and anti-virus software and by changing passwords often to any programs that use the Cloud.
Back Up Information
To keep business and customer information safe, be sure to back up information either to your own hard drive or to the Cloud. Should something happen to your paper records or to your computer, you will still be able to access vital information. In the case of a legal battle, you will want to have all your bases covered. If your business is large enough for your own server, be sure to guard it carefully with a secured room and monthly changes to the server password.
If you own your own business, its security is ultimately up to you. This means protecting customers’ and employees’ personal information, vital financial and technical information of the business for legal reasons and the business’s physical property. Protecting your business’s assets becomes easier once you integrate these five tips into your daily routine.