How to Protect Your Business from Physical and Cyber Threats

As a business owner, be alert and be ready of your defense to the many types of physical and cyber threats to your information systems.

As a business owner, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the security threats you could be up against on a daily basis. The challenges that you will face are becoming much more varied and complex. We are living in a world where the risk of physical attacks, robberies, and vandalism are no longer the most problematic threats. Cyber threats are becoming increasingly more prevalent and can be extremely detrimental  without the right kind of preparation and protection.

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Your business should be aware of cyber threats and be ready of a response.

Company culture:

Whatever industry category you fall into, it’s imperative to familiarize yourself with all of the potential threats you could be facing and act accordingly. Make sure that security protection is ingrained into your businesses every fiber, into your training methods and into your everyday practices. Be sure to effectively train your staff on all of the possible dangers, send them on training courses and make sure that they put their knowledge into action on a daily basis.

This may seem like a really simple and unavoidable step, but as a business owner you will be faced with hundreds of daily tasks. Ensure that you are vigilant and conduct routine risk assessments to keep you one step ahead of any security risks. 

Cyber threats:

Today absolutely everything is and can be connected technologically, from your microwave, to your watch to your desktop, which means that there are more way and tiny little cracks for hackers to break in through and access your businesses’ important information. The more heavily technology focused and involved that your company is, the bigger cyber security risk you put yourself under.

This may sound scary, and truth be told, being hacked as a business is almost inevitable, but there are ways that you can protect and prevent yourself from getting hacked. The key is to have layers between each system and between each piece of vital information. The more layers you install into your plan, the more difficult it will become for cyber hackers to access the information.

Think of it this way: if you’re a shop owner, you wouldn’t put your safe out onto the street, you would put it a room with a locked door, inside another room with a locked door etc. – it’s the same principle with data security. Take this idea and run with it, it could be the difference between protecting your assets and getting hacked. 

Protect your business:

Protecting your business from cyber hacking is not something that you can achieve by turning the other cheek. As an owner, it’s your responsibility to enforce safe practices that could be the difference between being hacked and being safe:

  • Put up a firewall – this is like security guard for your online data. Firewalls are in control of all of the data entering and leaving your computer systems, nothing is getting in or out without its say-so.
  • Protect your Wi-Fi – make sure that your Wi-Fi is password protected to prevent any unauthorized person from accessing your network (make sure that your password includes letters and numbers so it’s not predictable)
  • Change passwords regularly – if you change your passwords regularly you will have a much better chance of securing your network, put this into practice and also train your employees to follow the same standards.
  • Install anti-virus software – this will work together with your firewall installations. Firewall works to prevent hackers, and anti-virus software works to prevent ‘viruses’ from programs (these can weaken your protection and open the floodgates to hackers)

Sort the basics: 

Moving away from cyber, there are measures that you should enforce to protect yourself from physical threats. A high-end shop, nightclubs and industrial/ construction sites often have a a team with security guards, protection and sniffer dogs. to deter and prevent any issues from arising. Although cyber threats are more probable, physical threats are still imminent, so ensure that you put into practice the same vigilance and train your employees accordingly.

Security threats are always going to be a risk as a business owner, so make sure that you do not overlook the signs or ignore the simple things you can do to protect yourself. If you’re a smart owner you will enforce every practice you can to ensure the safety of your data, products and employees.

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