When you are in the early days of your business, you might not think you have anything worth taking. And, for that reason, you skimp on proper security and safety measures for your business premises. However, it is important to remember that people’s details are more valuable than your laptop in most cases. So it isn’t just about looking after the tech that you spent your start-up cash on. It is deeper than that.
Here are some tips to get you started:
The only way you will know where your issues lie is by carrying out a proper risk assessment. Identifying where you are most vulnerable and any blind spots that you might have. There are many checklists you can get for the right way to carry out a risk assessment.
Depending on what you need to protect will dictate much of what you need. Fitting window locks and bars are going to be essential for the first few floors of any building. You should also consider an access management system, security lights, have your doors strengthened and CCTV. You should get you CCTV professionally fitted – like your access management system – so that you know that it all works, and works well.
Have all of your computers tags and record all of the details and serial numbers somewhere that is kept away from the premises. You can get boxes, and cable locks for any large computer equipment and other machinery mat are bolted to the floor. If you have a range of bikes or cars, then you should take extra steps to have them secured too.
You should keep regular checks on your inventory. It should be managed well at all times, this will allow you to notice if there are any discrepancies between the income, stock levels and the outgoings.
You and Your Staff
It is your responsibility to look after you and your staff. There should be training available to everyone who is in the building for a range of different issues. And depending on where you are in the world, you might consider adding how to recognize suspicious behaviour, shootings or invasions, earthquakes and more. It might seem over the top, but training for any event will mean if the worst should happen, you did you utmost to protect your staff.
If you are in need of paper details and forms for a short while, after they have been digitized or dealt with and are no longer needed, then it is time to put it in the shredder. If shredding is not an option, then instant-lock filing cabinets are a great option.
Just like insurance, you are taking care of things before they happen (if they ever happen), and protecting your business and your staff in the best possible way. By having regular checks on everything above and anything business-specific, you will be protecting your business to the best of your abilities.