The challenges faced by critical infrastructure operations and every single business and industry imaginable are growing by the day. Gone are the days where robberies and vandalism was the biggest threat, as everything is becoming more technologically connected, cyber threats are becoming increasingly more imminent. Now, more than ever, it’s becoming a huge priority to incorporate greater security measures into your company. Here are some tips to help you minimalize the risks and secure your business from threats…
Know the risks:
Whatever industry you fit within, it’s imperative to conduct risk assessments to minimalize internal and external risks. This will help you to gain a better understanding of what you need to protect yourself against – i.e. if you store a lot of company data on your computer, then it’s important to make sure that you have in place rigorous security measures.
Secure Your Building:
It may seem obvious, but it’s so easy to forget to lock a window or make sure a door is shut properly. This could include fitting window locks, high security deadbolt for exterior doors, which when correctly fitted keep out even the most determined intruder. Strengthening doors, and installing secure lighting are other options, as well as installing security cameras if you think your office is particularly exposed and at threat. Commonly used for the purposes of investigative needs and deterring, they prove one of the most popular, as the clear sighting of them can influence a person’s behaviour. Be sure to be selective and clever about where you place them in order to maximise your chances of maintaining security.
If you are the proprietor of an industrial site or critical infrastructure grid, then physical threats can be much more frequent and likely to happen. To protect and deter from any vandals, thieves or terrorists, security team and K9 protection units are an extremely valuable asset to have.
Everything is technologically connected, your phone, your TV and even your microwave. Hackers look for small little loopholes in these connected devices and seek to access sensitive information from doing so. The more technologically focused your company is, the more susceptible you are to being hacked – it’s that simple. Some believe that cyber hacking is in fact inevitable, so it’s the precautions you take that will count when the time comes. Think of it this way, if you are a bank owner, you wouldn’t store your safe on the street, you would put it behind walls to keep it protected – do the same with your data. The more layers you have between your systems, the more protected you will be.
Vigilance is Key:
Make sure you take regular checks and stay aware of your security measures. Crime isn’t ever accidental, often the deed is done after much research and consideration, based around the security put in place and whether it can be breached. Make sure your measures are up to date, fit for purpose and check them at least once a year to ensure this. The local police and council could also offer advice on this, and are worth contacting. They can often provide information on the most common type of crime within your area and who is most vulnerable. It’s so important to make sure that security is engrained into every fibre of your company, conduct regular checks and have training sessions for your staff members.
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Alice Porter is an avid writer who is passionate about raising awareness for dispute resolution. She enjoys good food, great company and far off destinations.