Setting up a new business is extremely stressful, especially with all the security concerns to consider. We have simplified things by telling you what to look for, and expect, from both physical and digital security systems. This will help make your business a fortress that no one will be able to mess with.
1. Does It Include Surveillance?
There is really no reason not to select a security system that incorporates video surveillance. By doing so, you will be able to keep an eye on your investment at all times. Cameras can be connected to your business’s Wi-Fi network, sending live feeds to your PC, phone, or tablet. No matter if you are at home or in a different city, you can still see what’s going on. When considering the purchase of a security camera, there are a few things to consider:
- Do you need it for 24 hours surveillance?
- Do you prefer black and white or colour recording?
- How many do you require for key location setup?
- Do you require motion sensor cameras or continuous operation cameras?
- Do you need day/night recording?
Narrowing down what you need from a security camera is essential to finding one that is suitable for your business and its setup.
2. Are Security Doors An Option?
There are sturdy, password activated doors, which are becoming a popular replacement for traditional options. If you’re going to be setting up your business with computers and other expensive hardware, then you really need to go the extra mile to protect it.
Any employees you may have can be issued a password that can be used during the day. However, this password will not work after hours, preventing any disgruntled workers from stealing from you when the premise is vacated.
3. What About Burglar Alarms?
Loud noises and flashing lights are a burglar’s worst enemy. These people like to select easy targets and can be deterred by the threat of being caught. Make sure your security system includes burglar alarms. Many of these can be activated by a timer, or even remotely by your phone. This will assure your premises are safe at night.
4. If Your Business Will Be Handling Cash
Will you be handling cash on the premise? If so things can get very complicated. You will need a safe to store the money. Furthermore, you will likely want a surveillance camera overlooking it. Lastly, you need a secure room to house the safe. Don’t forget that staff cash-handling procedures will also have to be put in place. If you’re in this situation, make sure you choose a retail-based security system that incorporates these features.
5. Don’t Forget About Digital Security
Don’t forget about digital security. Once you have decided on a system to protect the physical security of your assets, you may want to consider one to protect your virtual data. You will want to try and find a package that incorporates the range of security measures that are outlined below.
All your computers should be outfitted with strong passwords. The same goes for any business-related systems that you use, such as databases and company email accounts. These passwords should be at least 8 characters, incorporating both lower and upper-case letters, as well as numbers. The more complicated and random the better.
Employees should be issued usernames and passwords rather than being allowed to select them. Why? Because many people use the same credentials for all their online accounts. This means that if one of your employee’s accounts gets compromised, then hackers could potentially access your system as well.
Don’t forget a strong firewall. You don’t want hackers being able to breach your system and access your company, customer, and client information. Up to date anti-virus software should also be used. This will prevent a host of possible problems, including system crashes, loss of data, and even spyware that steals login credentials.
6. Lastly, Backup All Your Data
Everything done on a computer needs to be backed up. Cloud software or online storage options such as OneDrive and Google Drive offer an excellent solution for your business, with every piece of work done being automatically saved online. The same goes for client and customer details. If a hard drive fails, a robbery occurs, the elements flood your office, or anything else happens to your computers, all of your business’s data will be 100% safe.
Don’t Take Shortcuts When It Comes To Security
The success of your business relies on everything running smoothly. Burglaries, system crashes, and lost data can derail all your hard work. That’s why we recommend taking advantage of this information to maximize your physical and digital security. Don’t forget to review different security systems and their features to see which one is the best solution for your individual needs.
About the Author:
Cheryl Chandola – Director, Editing, and Testing, ReadPlease.com
Cheryl conducts hands-on reviews and extensive testing of products as well as manages the editorial and testing teams atReadPlease.com. In her spare time, she runs an e-commerce store and loves spending time with her daughter and dog, Blue.