Why Digital Security Isn't Enough And What To Do About It

With the rise in the importance of data, many businesses are focusing on keeping their digital systems safe and secure from hackers. Spend five minutes browsing business-help websites, and you’ll come across dozens of blogs and articles all purporting to help you protect your business from hackers. But digital threats aren’t the only security threats your business faces. It doesn’t matter how sophisticated your firewall is, software can never prevent somebody from breaking into your business premises and stealing the server itself. 

When it comes to business security, securing the premises is essential, especially if you operate from a non-residential area that is abandoned at night. The cost of break-ins can be substantial, so here are a few tips to keep your business safe from threats of the physical variety. 

Keep Outdoor Areas Lit

Thanks to LED lights, the cost of illuminating a business premises has fallen by a factor of ten. With this in mind, it’s now far more economical than ever before to light up critical exterior parts of a business without it having a significant impact on your bottom line. According to experts, companies should leave lights on in key entryways as well as a few on the interior of their premises to make it appear as if somebody’s home. Experts also recommend combining lights with motion detectors to alert you if someone is sneaking around and perhaps about to break in. 

Alarm System Management 

Many companies use a UL central station to remotely monitor and manage their security systems. The purpose of this is to offload some of the effort involved in keeping a premises secure while protecting against things like perimeter intrusion and other hazards. This kind of monitoring gives businesses a second set of eyes and the data tools they need identify threats, allowing them to quickly respond. 

Access Control 

Companies face threats from bad actors both outside and within the company. In fact, one of the biggest security threats you face as an owner comes from your own staff. Though they might not be hardened criminals, they may be tempted to steal from you should the opportunity arise. 

It’s a good idea, therefore, to restrict access on a “need-for-access” basis. In other words, only people who need to access a certain area should be able to. Everybody else should be locked out. Policies like this are good because they allow you to track and monitor individual movements and know precisely who has access to certain areas of the business. This helps to improve accountability and makes it more likely that criminals within your own organization will be caught. 

Cover Windows In Burglar-Resistant Glazing

Windows are the second most common access point for burglars, after the front door. And so anything that can deter entry can help. Researchers have found that by doing something, has simple as placing heavy merchandise in front of a window can prevent a break in. In addition, window locks which can’t be reached after a window is broken can help too. Finally, if neither of those is an option, you might want to consider burglar resistant glazing which increases the amount of time it takes for a criminal to gain access to your premises.

I hope you enjoyed this article about why digital security isn't always enough and steps you can take to ensuring overall company protection. 

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