If you’re starting your own business, it’s important to implement the right security measures from the beginning. Everything from harmful software to lost data can send a new small business into turmoil, so here’s how to safeguard your property and equipment:
Keep Track of Stock
The first security measure small business owners need to consider is the implementing of an efficient inventory management system will help you keep track of the units that flow into and out of your business. It’ll ensure you make the correct orders at the right times and will allow you to report anything that’s lost or stolen. One of the easiest ways to manage a large number of items is to buy an array of asset tags online, label up your gadgets and scan the unique barcode of each tag into a computer system. This will help you to see exactly what you own and will reduce data entry errors that could affect the profitability of your business.
Safeguard your Property
According to the latest police figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), thefts from businesses and small businesses in particular, are on the rise, so the second security measure is to protect your property in every way possible. Reputable health and safety stores have a wide range of products available, so why not buy a burglar alarm and install CCTV cameras around your small business premises? It might also be a good idea to an access control system, so you can monitor who comes in and out of the building. When you come to employ people, hire a receptionist to man the front of the building and a cleaner to lock up properly at night – as this should also deter intruders.
Secure your IT Equipment
The third security measure small business owners need to consider is the protection of IT equipment. Not sure how to protect your IT equipment? Then hire a highly-trained consultant and put your mind to rest. This might prove a tad costly, but it’ll keep valuable gadgets safe and should save you money in the long-run. Look for a consulting group with a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CIISP) engineer and ensure they’ve a CompTIA Security + Certification, as this proves they’re reputable. Make sure the company you hire also provides antivirus installation and support, firewall installation, intrusion detection and security audits, so you can protect your company from every angle.
Use the Internet Safely
The fourth security measure to consider is the way you access and use the Internet. Digital platforms can transform the way you work, but the internet must be used correctly. Never open unfamiliar emails and avoid downloading free screensavers as these can invite viruses, worms and other harmful software onto your computer. You should also avoid websites that encourage piracy (such as music or film sites) and should update your anti-virus software regularly. Modern PCs often come with computer security programs; however, make sure they’re up-to-date – as new threats are appearing all the time.
Please note: There’s malicious software on the web that hides within anti-virus packages, so always download security programs from a reputable site.
Back up Data
Finally the fifth and last security measure is to ensure the correct storage of sensitive data. Failing to backup important client data could ruin your company’s reputation, so always save documents, files and critical information elsewhere. You can choose to burn anything significant onto a CD-ROM or could save it to a second hard drive. You might also want to save some things to a shared folder on your network, but don’t place confidential details here (such as colleague’s salary and holiday entitlements) as anyone in the company can access them. Finally, it’s a good idea to keep copies of documents off-site, just in case the building’s destroyed by fire or everything is stolen. Risk-elimination is the key, so don’t take any unnecessary risks.