Your company might just be you and a couple of family members, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have business security concerns as a large corporation.
No matter how big or small your company is, it’s important to protect your privacy, your income, your employees and your customers. Here are a few steps your small business can take to improve security.
1. Device security
How much of your business is tied into the little glass/metal rectangle in your pocket? If any part of your company’s network is accessible through your phone, you need to make sure your device is secure.
Even if you’re just checking your email or updating your company’s Facebook page, every time you go online with your smartphone, you’re opening the door to a potential risk. Make sure you have strong passwords for your company phones and all other electronic devices.
Finally, don’t dispose of old electronic devices without erasing the hard drives. An old computer full of useful data is a golden opportunity for identity thieves.
This applies not only to your computers, but to your office photocopier, which stores documents on its hard drive until those files are overwritten. The bottom line: if a device has your data, make sure it’s wiped before it leaves your building.
2. Locks and alarms
A good quality deadbolt is one of the essentials of business security. When installed properly, these locks will keep out even the most dedicated burglar.
You’ll also want to invest in an alarm system to protect your business in the hours when no one is there. This is especially important for small businesses that may only be open during part of the day. You can enhance your business security measures in this arena by installing cameras and motion lights.
Your video surveillance cameras should cover the front door, one of the first-floor windows and the back door, as these represent the most likely points for a break-in.
3. Who has your keys?
Your business should have an up-to-date, easy-to-enforce policy governing key control. How many doors are opened with mechanical keys? Are your files or servers protected by keys? Your inventory? Keys are useful, but if you’re only using keys, you have no way of knowing who’s coming in and out.
4. Create a social media policy
Virtually every company doing business in 2020 has some sort of social media presence. Sites like Facebook and Twitter make sharing information exceptionally easy.
Just make sure your employees are sharing info that you want shared. Create a policy that outlines appropriate content for social media shares and emails. Once that information gets out there, it really can’t be recalled.
5. Who’s visiting your building?
It’s one of the basics of business security: you visit an office building, you sign in at the front desk. They might even give you a visitor badge or escort you to your destination.
As a small business owner, you may not have the time or budget for that sort of set-up, but you can take measures to make sure you know who’s visiting your premises, when they arrived and when they left.
Are you looking for ways to increase business security at your company? Holicong Security can help. We’ve spent decades helping businesses in Bucks, Montgomery and Hunterdon counties keep their properties, employees and customers safe.
Our small business security services include:
- Security monitors
- Smoke and fire alarms
- Access control systems
- Video surveillance
Contact us today to learn how we can protect your business, no matter how big or how small.