When combining physical security and cybersecurity to improve a small business security climate, the next steps to take are still relatively simple with the help of a professional commercial security integrator. Here are five more quick tips for small business security.
1. Upgrade to wireless, IP security cameras.
Analog security cameras were a great innovation for their time, but small business security improvements provide a great opportunity to upgrade to IP video cameras. Today, there are IP video camera systems at a variety of price points to accommodate small businesses with varying resources. And because the cameras are wireless, it’s easy to have them installed nearly anywhere on the property.
2. Maintain landscaped barriers.
Natural barriers like hedges, trees, shrubs or vines can be valuable, low-tech ways to discourage people from trespassing. However, there’s a balance that must be achieved. Some trespassers are actually encouraged when they see too much landscaping, particularly if it isn’t well-maintained. Landscaping should appear to be a barrier, not a hiding place. Work with your landscaper on developing a scheme that achieves this, and speak with a professional security integrator about how to use the existing landscaping to your security advantage.
3. Backup data and store it in the cloud.
Backing up data is one of the most critical cybersecurity measures there is; everything from proprietary business intelligence, to human resources files on employees requires backup protection and encrypted cloud storage. If the onsite IT staff is not plugged in to best practices on data backups and management in the cloud, consider sending the manager to a certified training to bring them up to speed. Another option is utilizing a third-party IT vendor that can deploy a backup strategy and provide cloud storage services.
4. Implement policies for device usage.
A small business should have written policies for use of company computers and personal devices onsite. Everything from downloads to social media surfing should be covered in the company computer policy, and use of personal devices to access work information should also be addressed. This is also where the knowledge of internal or external IT providers is key.
5. Keep employees trained.
This is far from a “throwaway” tip. Many small businesses are unaware how powerful a simple security training can be; when employees are instructed on use of the alarm controls, cameras, access control systems and basic cybersecurity, there is a much stronger security climate that helps to keep people, places, and profits protected. Texas businesses that need upgraded tools, policies or training should contact a professional security integrator. RC Security Consulting will be glad to hear from you.
About RC Security Consulting
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.