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Break-ins — both cyber and physical — are more likely to occur at your business than ever before. Do what’s necessary to make sure you’re secure.

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With every year that goes by, cyber security becomes more and more crucial to the survival of small businesses – but that doesn’t mean that physical safeguards aren’t just as important as they’ve always been. One hasn’t replaced the other; it’s just that there’s so much more for a concerned business owner to keep in mind when it comes to securing their business.

Keep these key tips in mind when determining how best to keep your small business safe:

Ensure Your Security System Is Up To Date

While any kind of a security system will certainly help, it’s important that you keep certain benchmarks in mind, such as 24/7 monitoring, and the extent of equipped features. Keep in mind that some alarm systems are limited, and only make noise or flash lights when an intrusion is detected. Others will go further and inform both you and the local authorities of the incident during an intrusion. It comes down to a difference of simple deterrence and further action; are you only interested in scaring the criminals away (who may return again with new knowledge of your system), or do you want to go beyond that? The fact is, the more quickly that police are notified of a break-in, the more likely it is that the stolen property will be recovered.

Have A Plan

The only way to protect against modern cybercrime methods — ransomware, phishing, and more — is to plan against them. That means having a comprehensive defense in place, from the antivirus and firewalls installed in your system to the ongoing awareness training for your staff that ensures they know how to spot a social engineering tactic before it’s too late. 

Secure Your Printer

Printers are easily among the least favored technology used today – despite the many advancements of so many different types of consumer technologies, printers still seem to work just as poorly as they did years ago. The same can be said of their security capabilities.

Multifunction printers (MFPs) store every scan they perform on an internal hard drive, which is often left unsecured and ready for hackers to access. That’s why it’s so important to recognize and treat the printer as a part of your IT infrastructure; whether it’s wired or on the Wi-Fi network, it needs to be properly secured.

Train Your Employees To Keep Your Business Safe

A majority of cyber security services offered today include the best in vital technologies, from firewalls to anti-malware to data encryption and more. However, as important as this technology is, on its own, it simply isn’t enough. The key to truly comprehensive cyber security is simple, yet often overlooked: the user.

Cyber security gimmicks — such as “set it and forget it” firewalls and antivirus software — fail to account for how important the user is. Even the most effective digital security measures can be negated by simple human error, which is why conventional solutions are simply not enough to ensure your business’ safety. Much of cyber security is dependent on the user, and as such it’s vital that you properly educate your employees in safe conduct. The more your workforce knows about the security measures you have in place, the more confidently they can use the technology is a secure manner.

Take The Hacker’s Perspective

External Penetration Tests are so effective because they approach your security from the position of the hacker, looking for any potential gaps in the defenses. Make sure that you work with an expert vendor to perform these tests on a regular basis so you can identify and patch any potential vulnerabilities in your system.

Implement Internal Breach Detection

Internal Breach Detection devices are installed directly into your business’ network, scanning for anything out of the ordinary. When malicious activity is identified, you and your IT team will be immediately informed.

Implement A Spam Filter

Many prolific hacking attacks have been conducted by cybercriminlas based outside of the US, which is why it can be beneficial to block extra-national geolocations from being accessed on your business’ network.

Don’t Forget About Internal Threats

As important as it is to keep an eye on external threats to your business, internal threats are often just as likely to occur. Disgruntled or even just careless employees can cause significant damage if left unchecked. Make sure that you regularly track and check your inventory of office equipment, IT equipment, office furniture, and products. Decentralize control of any assets so that no one team member has too much power.

Keep Your Doors Locked

It sounds basic, but it really counts. Be sure to have a system in place to secure doors and safes each day at the end of business. Even that simple level of defense can be enough to deter criminals that are trying to be in and out in a quick time frame.

For more information about proven ways to secure your business from both physical and cyberattacks, get in touch with Powered Protection right away at (716) 822-7000 or info@poweredprotection.com.

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