With over 32 million small businesses operating in dozens of industries or sub-industries, you wouldn’t think they’d share all that much in common. Yet all businesses overlap in some areas of concern. One of the biggest areas of concern is workplace security.
After all, every business has valuable assets ranging from physical inventory and equipment to financial information and customer data. Of course, protecting those assets is a constantly evolving challenge.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the work security at your business, keep reading for some key tips on improving security in the workplace.
Physical Access Control
One of the cornerstones of security for all businesses is basic physical access control. Common methods of access control include only issuing keys where and as necessary. For example, a retail outlet might only issue keys to managers and on-site security.
For businesses that don’t deal directly with the public all day, you can issue personalized keycards that let people swipe in and out of the building. You can also code those cards for internal access to secure areas, such as server rooms and records.
Digital Access Control
All too often, when a business issues a password to an employee, it grants the employee access to everyone on the business’s network. While it complicates the process, you should employ digital access control levels as well. Each user should get a profile that limits their access to the functions or data they need to do their daily work.
No, you shouldn’t employ a Big Brother mentality and install monitoring equipment everywhere. That will harm morale.
You should, however, use workplace cameras around high-value or high-risk assets. For example, you might place cameras to observe your server room, storeroom, or a delivery bay.
You might place dash cameras if you operate a fleet of vehicles for delivery or service calls. The cameras discourage drivers from joyriding, but they also provide a visual record for police or your insurance company in case of accidents.
Good business security doesn’t happen by accident. Just as importantly, you cannot assume employees know even the basics of good security.
It’s on you to provide training around all the relevant security issues affecting your business. If you deal with a lot of sensitive data, provide basic cybersecurity training.
If you’re worried about theft, you should train employees on spotting suspicious behaviors. Of course, if you’re worried about the physical safety of your employees, consider bringing in professional security.
Workplace Security and You
Most businesses can do a lot to improve workplace security. Better access control is often a big step in the right direction. In many cases, simply creating digital access control levels will do a lot to boost your data security.
Monitoring equipment makes sense when deployed strategically around high-value or high-risk areas. You must, however, make an effort to get your employees trained up to a certain level of basic security awareness.
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Kenneth is a proud native of sydney, born and raised there. However, he pursued his education abroad and studied in Australia. Kenneth has worked as a journalist for almost a decade, making valuable contributions to prominent publications such as Yahoo News and The Verge. Currently, he serves as a journalist for The Hear Up, where he focuses on covering climate and science news. You can reach Kenneth at [email protected].