Keeping your business safe is no easy feat. Besides protecting your website from hackers, there are physical and online measures you can take to ensure your business is safe.
Here are five security measures your business should be taking:
- If you give your employees company phones and other tech to work with, make sure they’re secured. Laptops, tablets and mobile phones contain so much valuable data that if they get lost or stolen, your company could lose more than money; you could lose irreplaceable documents. Any portable device that an employee can take with them outside of the office should be safeguarded to avoid any loss of data.
- Fran from accounting loves cats. She loves them so much that she’ll click on anything that contains a cat picture. Educate your employees about safe online habits so they – especially Fran – know what’s okay to click on and what can cause serious harm to their computers. The best way to do this is verbal. Sending out emails telling your employees to watch what they click on may not get read, but having a web safety seminar presented by your IT department will be impactful.
- Secure your server room(s). You’ve probably already secured your Wi-Fi® network – if you haven’t, get on that! – but what about your server room? Lock the room or rooms that house your servers and only give the key or access code to people who absolutely need it.
- Implement criminal checks on all current and potential employees. This security measure is very important because although someone may not appear to have a criminal past, they very well could be an experienced hacker waiting to overthrow your company’s server and steal valuable data. It seems extreme, but in our extremely digital world, it’s not far-fetched. Background checks are offered to employers via the RCMP and can let you know if the person you’re hoping to hire is a threat to your company. Depending on what province you operate in, criminal background checks can cost as little as $20 per employee.
- Do not let delivery people in. If you order lunch, meet the delivery person outside. A thief could very easily disguise themselves as a delivery person and walk right into your office, steal important documents and walk right out undetected. If you have a reception area, do not let delivery people past that point. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want a burglar to grab an unattended laptop from someone’s desk and hide it in a pizza box.