Cybersecurity is now equal to physical security in terms of importance to small businesses. Now, merging the two is the only way to achieve satisfactory small business security. With that reality in mind, here are five quick tips for small business security that can apply to nearly any industry.
1. Don’t leave anything in the dark.
This is a reference to lighting, both indoors and out. Even after business hours, the fewer the better when it comes to dark spots on the property. Whether the business is open or closed, the plans of criminals have more opportunity to thrive when there are dark places to hide.
2. Use motion-triggered lights, integrate with cameras.
Speaking of lights, investing in motion-triggered lighting can be a small move with big impact. Motion-sensored lights can surprise and frighten trespassers, prompting them to run away before carrying out any other crimes. And when security cameras are integrated with these lights, their actions can be captured for identification purposes.
3. Ditch keys, incorporate access control.
Yes, we all grew up with traditional locks and keys – but in a modern small business environment, the most traditional system isn’t always the most secure one. Instead, have a keyless access control system installed that enables employees to swipe a digital key fob or card at an electronic station by the doors. It’s simple, secure and easy to manage because users can be added and deleted by managers at will. When installed and monitored by a professional security integrator, an access control system can provide secure entry to the facility for years to come.
4. Review and update privacy policies.
Starting out with cybersecurity improvements is easy; the first step is updating data privacy policies. Check on the policy that’s on file, and update it according to any new concerns that have surfaced since it was written. This can be done with the help of the IT staff, provided that staff members are trained on best practices for cyber privacy issues like email, data transfer, Internet usage, social media, backups and administrator roles.
5. Update firewalls and passwords.
Firewalls are far from being a one-and-done security measure. They must be updated periodically in order to protect company devices against viruses, malware and ransomware. Likewise, passwords should also be updated according to best practices protocols – whether that means updating them quarterly, or abiding by a more aggressive protocol that requires monthly updates. Many organizations mandate that passwords contain 12 characters or more, with a combination of letters, numbers and special characters.
These quick tips are designed to assist with starting out on small business security improvements. To discuss their implementation, consult a professional provider of small business security. Texas businesses, we look forward to speaking with you.
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RC Security Consulting protects the heart of Texas with design, installation, retrofit, repair, inspection and monitoring of commercial security systems. We are centrally located in Collin County and provide service for almost 200 miles in all directions.