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Tips for Improving Security At Your Small Business

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Small businesses like yours usually start out by trying to do everything in-house. Your business is new, so it can seem smarter to try to manage everything directly, rather than trust your future to a third party. While this may be true, it’s certainly risky as well; when it comes to something as important as your security, you can’t afford to cut corners.

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Without the support from an expert provider, you need to be confident you’re doing the work right – allow us to help out. Here are four tips to help you boost your business’ security.

Risk Assessment

To start, you need to know what you’re dealing with. There’s no point in trying to make changes to your business’ security if you don’t actually know what it consists of. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to note every aspect of your current security setup, so when you make decisions to change it, you’ll know what effect it’ll make.

A comprehensive security assessment should include an examination of the following parts of your security:

  • Your current setup as a whole
  • Interviews with company personnel
  • Identification of confirmed and potential weaknesses,
  • An overview of your current security best practices.

After completing your initial risk assessment, you’ll then want to move on to the upgrading and maintaining different specific aspects of your security, such as…

Surveillance

Despite how effective video surveillance is as both a deterrent and a way to support law enforcement efforts after a break-in, many businesses like yours have yet to install one. Be sure to invest in a proper video surveillance system at your place of business, as it will have two key effects:

  • Visible cameras will likely deter wrongdoers before they even attempt to break in. Cameras simply increase the chance of getting caught to the point that criminals won’t risk it.
  • However, if a crime should occur, video surveillance provides an actionable type of evidence to help with the police’s investigation.

You should also note that surveillance has improved far beyond what it used to be. No longer limited to blurry closed circuit feeds and VHS, modern video surveillance can come in high definition, and be streamed directly to your personal device when you’re off site.

Online Security

Cybercrime is an ever-present threat to modern businesses in every industry. Without up-to-date and varied security measures, successful hacks to your business can compromise customer and employee data and harm the infrastructure, resulting in costly downtime. Be sure to include the following basic measures in your cybersecurity defenses:

  • Email front-end protection that detects malware and spam while providing continuity when outages occur.
  • Properly configured “intelligent” firewalls that recognize viruses, dangerous websites and malicious activity while receiving daily updates to work optimally.
  • Server and desktop malware protection that’s centrally managed by a team of security experts.
  • Ongoing security patch management wherein all updates, patches and bug fixes are carefully managed.
  • System and user security administration to keep all workstations safe against the latest threats.
  • Regular employee training to keep staff members up-to-date on the latest best practices for safe computing.
  • Onsite and offsite backups that are work tested to protect you if all else fails and disaster strikes.

Perimeter Security

When compared to firewalls and HD video surveillance, regular old perimeter security measures can seem basic – but that doesn’t mean they’re not necessary. Keeping criminals from entering your premises in the first place is the most direct way to prevent a theft.

Sturdy doors and gates, as well as complex and multi-faceted locks on any entry way,  are a vital part of keeping your business from being broken into. Be sure that you don’t overlook these measures when it comes to improving your business’ security.

Now, this may seem like a lot to take into consideration by yourself, but there’s good news – you don’t have to handle it on your own. Powered Protection is proud to support businesses like yours in assessing and improving security measures both inside and out.

We offer a comprehensive suite of security solutions, including:

  • Security Alarm Systems: If someone does break into your business, we’ll know about it right away, and will immediately notify both you and the local authorities to ensure an ideal resolution is achieved.
  • Fire Alarm Systems: In the event of an onsite emergency such as a fire, both we and the local fire response teams will be notified right away in order to minimize potential damage to your premises.
  • Surveillance Systems: Our surveillance solutions will help you keep track of all activity at your place of business, including who’s coming, who’s going, incidents of employee misbehavior, and more.

For more information about how to boost your business’ security, and the many services and solutions that Powered Protection offers, be sure to get in touch with our team of security professionals right away at (716) 822-7000 or info@poweredprotection.com.

 

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