Why Building Security Is Important to Your Business
Businesses in the United Kingdom or, in fact, anywhere in the world have realized the importance of good building security. Gone are the bygone days when local law enforcement was the primary means of keeping businesses safe.
Instead, fast-forward to today, and we see that a rapid rise in crime and terrorist activity has increased the need for robust security systems. Besides potential threats of theft, vandalism or arson, security protocols are essential in protecting businesses and their employees from external, internal and cyber-based threats.
Implementing basic security measures such as security guards is only one layer of defence against potential security threats. Nowadays, security measures need to incorporate more than the physical security of property, staff and customers. Threats such as identity, data and document theft are all areas of concern for businesses, heightening the importance of building security.
Whether you are a large corporation or a small company with a small staff quota, your business requires a safe location from which to operate while protecting staff, assets and data. There are many ways thieves or criminals can harm your business, from stealing personal data and identities to physical theft or damage of property such as office and IT equipment. This means your security measures need to encompass all aspects of security rather than having a single line of defence.
Ensuring your business is secure by setting good security standards goes a long way toward providing peace of mind concerning employees and customers. For example, staff morale is boosted when they feel safe and secure while working, and customers feel confident and protected while on the premises.
In short, implementing basic security measures promotes a secure workspace and protects customers and employees from potential external or internal threats.
The Important Aspects Of Business Security
When reviewing security measures for your business premises, there are three key factors to take into consideration. These include physical security, cyber security and document security. Let’s look at these in more detail below:
Most businesses implement basic security measures such as an alarm system and door locks. However, while these work together to deter and prevent unauthorized access to the building, they are often fallible forms of defence, easily breached and not an effective stand-alone security measure. Good physical security entails additional bolt-on security features that can work together with this basic line of defence to deter individuals from breaking into the building to steal, harm or commit vandalism.
Furthermore, good physical security measures also ensure your building is safe after hours when thieves may decide to help themselves to equipment, stock, and hard copy files. Often this is when a building is at its most vulnerable, and thieves know this! The first step to a secure building is ensuring the structure is sound; solid doors and window frames will be the first obstacles thieves face when entering the building. Ensure the building is regularly maintained to ensure any weaknesses are noted and fixed as a priority. Install an intruder alarm to alert you or the authorities of unauthorized entry.
Video surveillance or CCTV cameras can be used to record evidence of a break-in and help to identify those responsible. Other necessary physical measures include a fire alarm system, security lighting and perimeter fencing. These work together to form a robust physical security system that can prevent or deter intruders.
Internet access and data collection go hand in hand toward a lucrative and profitable business model. Without access to the internet, many businesses would lose out on business opportunities; however, this also puts their data and the data they collect from customers at high risk of theft from cybercriminals. This data has a considerable resale value when accessed by criminals and sold to underhand competitors or those involved in identity theft. Therefore both your internet connection and data must be protected at all times.
Data protection can be implemented by installing a sturdy firewall onto the company server. This invisible but impenetrable wall will protect internet transactions completed by the company, such as online purchases, stock orders and access to bank or personal account information.
In addition to a firewall, an antivirus program will further enhance the security of your network. These programs prevent viruses, phishing attempts, unnecessary system failures and lost income due to internet downtime. Cyber security is the responsibility of the business owner. Data theft can damage your business’s reputation and overall profitability.
Confidential Document Security
In addition to physical and data protection, security features that protect documentation are also vital to building security. Businesses generally deal with a lot of confidential information, and at times this needs to be shared with employees to operate smoothly.
However, sending sensitive documentation can also be risky, especially if the information lands in the wrong hands. Thus clear and concise document security procedures ensure the employee understands their role in protecting confidential information and further enhances your company’s security measures.
Document encryption is an excellent form of protection for sensitive files and documents. This ensures your documentation is kept safe from external sources and only accessed by those with the correct authorization levels.
There are many types of encryption a company could use to protect their documents. Two examples include PGP and OpenPGP protocols. It’s best to choose the encryption type that suits your company’s needs.
Ways To Keep Your Business Safe
Keeping your business facility safe should incorporate a combination of the below factors.
- Access Control System
Alarms, swipe cards, keypads, fobs and biometrics can all be used to limit access to sensitive areas and notify security management of a security breach. Should individuals gain access to the building, the relevant authorities or lockdown procedures can be notified and actioned.
- CCTV Systems
Cameras utilizing motion sensors, audio and other surveillance technologies can be used to constantly monitor multiple internal and external areas. In most cases, the mere presence of a CCTV system aids with crime prevention as thieves are aware they can easily be identified on camera.
- Perimeter Security
Fences, security lighting, locks and external cameras can reduce a building’s security risk by preventing criminals from accessing the building premises. They act as the first line of defence for opportunistic criminals. Regular inspection of the buildings’ perimeter can ensure that any damage to fencing or gates is repaired immediately, thus preventing unauthorized access.
This layered approach to your building security ensures that your business security risk is lowered and your assets, staff, customers and visitors are protected.
Financing Your Security System
At Satori, we understand that each business is unique and has bespoke security requirements. Our IP CCTV experts work alongside business owners to tailor-make security solutions that meet their company’s operational needs. This doesn’t mean that your new security system or access control system will break the proverbial bank. On the contrary, at Satori, our experts help you identify the system most compatible with your business and your pocket!
Bottom line, by identifying the correct system and application, you can be assured that your building will have the enhanced and layered security measures your employees and customers deserve whilst keeping your profits where they should be, in the bank!