Businesses that can be like any other place in society-it are bound to experience setbacks and success. Yet despite the odds, businesses are often found wanting and looking for ways to overcome challenges and turn setbacks into opportunities. It is important to note that even successful businesses fall under pressure from security risks. If your business is facing security concerns or security breaches, find out what you can do to address the matter.
The most dangerous security risk, besides physical locations or other potentially dangerous circumstances, is complacence: believing that all threats are potential but believing it most likely will not happen to your business anyway. It creates an atmosphere ripe for problems. But it can be remedied by having each individual involved in your business recognize their part in maintaining the business’s security and discussing their obligations in keeping your business safe. In fact, many states have recently been plagued by publicity about security lapses among businesses-such as the recent breach at a Starbucks where customers’ personal information was stolen prompted the company to issue a public safety advisory.
Many companies also experience unauthorized access to their property, which is arguably more serious than the latter. Unauthorized access includes anything that a business employee, subcontractor, or vendor does while working on a premise. Examples of things that could constitute unauthorized access include: lifting heavy items, drilling or digging holes on your property, installing equipment without the proper authorization, and so forth. These actions, if taken in the course of normal business operation, might not necessarily cause physical harm, yet they threaten the security of your business as a whole, your property, and your customer data.
One way to prevent unauthorized access is to implement physical security measures. For example, make sure that all windows and doors are locked when the business is closed; take precautionary measures such as alarm clocks and window decals that indicate when business hours are beginning and ending, and so forth. You should also have strong locking mechanisms on any inventory containers or other storage areas, including those used for storing products, tools, and so forth. In addition, you should also have security lighting in high traffic areas and on-site security guards to watch your products and other intellectual property. While it’s true that these measures are inconvenient and may be expensive in terms of resources and personnel, they’re a necessary part of protecting your business safe from theft and other forms of damage.
Another way to protect your business and prevent theft is to establish a proper security program. A good security plan will include regular scanning of your facility for vulnerabilities, regular reporting of irregularities to management, and so forth. All employees should be trained in identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities in the workplace so that they can report them. If employees aren’t trained how to do this, then you need to provide them with training regarding proper security program procedures, which will help them identify potential problems and help solve them as well.
You also need to train all employees to avoid leaving any sensitive data in their drawers or file cabinets. As well, all computers must be running a virus and spyware scan and removal software during and after work hours. All documents and computer programs must be locked away in secure rooms, and all employees should receive computer training on maintaining security systems so that they can check on documents and computer files in real-time and so that they can identify suspicious activity.
In addition, you need to train and certify your employees about safety issues in the workplace. This includes awareness about the hazards of chemical spills, electric shock, and falling objects. It also includes methods for avoiding injury and getting first aid if someone is injured in the processor by product misuse, as well as the use of appropriate safety equipment, such as eye protection, hearing protection, and disposable gloves. The use of personal protective equipment should also be strongly encouraged, especially for employees who are going to deal with customers face to face. By making employees aware of these hazards and wearing the proper safety equipment, you can greatly reduce injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Employees who take the time to learn about hazards in the work environment and learn methods for reducing health risks may actually save the company money in the long run.
Last, you also need to educate your employees about internet safety. Cybercrime is on the rise, and many companies are now experiencing a variety of different threats, from scams, identity theft, and leaks of customer data. Because of this, it’s very important for business owners to understand the ways that their websites are being attacked and what the most common cyber attacks look like. A good way to do this is to have a “cyber safety” policy that all employees are expected to know, and any incidents of unclear or suspicious behavior can be looked at very closely, as it may be a sign of a more serious problem that can lead to legal actions and damage to the company’s reputation online.