We’ve talked a lot about securing your home network, but keeping a business safe can be a little more complicated. Whether you own a small, fat, medium or large business, a fair amount of your time is spent on security. As companies look to improve their security, they’re increasingly looking to technology to solve their needs. In fact, tech-focused security has become one of the most important areas needing improvement for many businesses whether it focuses on cybersecurity or physical. Finding the best tech-focused security solutions can make a huge difference in keeping your assets safe.
With cybercrime steadily on the rise, businesses need to make sure that their data is safe from any form of cyberattack. Even if you feel that your data isn’t all that important enough to steal, hackers can access your business partners’ information quite easily through your own networks. You can easily keep your data from being hacked by using message encryption, authentication for payments, a network security system, and even just by training your employees in good computer use (i.e. strong passwords, domain checks, social media and email monitoring, etc.).
Outside of your data and network, protecting your business physically is far easier than ever before. With new technology available at our fingertips, businesses can protect their assets from brick-and-mortar stores, to warehouses, offices and more. One dependable way to keep your business secure is to use security cameras. Don’t just install them on the outside of the building though, it’s easy to not notice blind spots between cameras. Many criminals might sidestep a break in if they know that a camera system is installed and is monitored 24/7. Many of today’s camera systems come with remote video surveillance and even facial recognition. With this, you can connect your camera feed to your phone and can keep an eye on your business from afar. You can even receive alerts and alarms on your phone.
Another great solution for protecting your business is to switch out your locks for electronic security locks. These kinds of locks are far more dependable. They vary from using a biometric signature to a keypad or even an identity card to open the doors rather than a basic key that can be easily lost or copied. These kinds of locks can also be connected to a monitoring system that will let you know who accessed which door when and they can also record when someone has attempted to enter through a door unsuccessfully.
Additionally, many businesses have begun to use the BYOD system – bring your own device. With this new phenomenon, securing data on an employee’s personal device can be difficult. But there is a way to secure your business’ information if you do use the BYOD system. IT teams have started to move toward the application level using vendors such as Good Technology, Apperian and Mocana. They offer wrappers or containers that enable you to extend your security controls to individual mobile apps. Other vendors such as Fiberlink offer a third party partnership to provide these security controls on devices along with securing all mobile devices, apps and content while still maintaining personal privacy.
Along with this, training your employees in good computer use and basic security practices can really help. On today’s black market, account credentials have become more expensive than credit card numbers and often, employees will use duplicate or weak passwords for online services and even their access to corporate systems. Train employees to regularly change their passwords and use strong ones (i.e. a mix of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols). Along with this, you can look into buying hardware tokens that enable a two-factor authentication on credentials. In addition, you can train employees on security practices such as logging out of computers (or locking them) when they step away from their desk, never taking work files home, signing guests in at the front desk, and more. Make sure they never leave mobile devices or laptops in their cars, or leave them unattended at conferences, restrooms, airports or public transit.
Moreover, you should train employees to keep doors, desks and filing cabinets locked. Any one of these that contains sensitive data or equipment should have a lock and key. When it comes to physical security, your employees are often times your best defense, especially for security awareness. Teach them what to watch out for on their computers and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around the building. They can be the eyes and ears for you that can detect a potential threat long before it happens.
~ Rick Delgado