Useful Security Tips for Small Businesses
Small business owners have numerous responsibilities at every level of the organisation. With finances, sales and the general management of the business taking a priority, security concerns can be de-prioritised. As a result, potential opportunities for breaching security can be created and made obvious enough that criminals may seek them out.
Here are our top tips for optimising security if you own or run a small business.
1. Don’t Underestimate Criminal Opportunism
Criminals will take advantage of any opportunity to make money. 99% of security optimisation is the minimisation of potential breach points, and as a small business owner, you should make sure that you are not creating any obvious ones. This means everything from easy to open doors, or hackable computers through to lazy protocols that mean entering your business is easier than it should be.
2. Think in Layers
Look at your security as a series of layers. One layer means that you are doing the basics, two layers means that you are secure and three layers is optimal. For example, if you look at security as the front door to a building then one layer is a lock, two layers is a lock and a CCTV camera, and three layers is a lock, a CCTV camera and a security guard.
3. Change Your Approach
A good security plan for a small business is continually adapting to avoid being predictable. If criminals are watching, they will attempt to identify any predictable behaviours, and manipulate them. Look at your security plan every month, and adapt it to ensure there is no predictability. Don’t let staff members take the same route every day, and vary your closing times to ensure they are not predictable. Even if you have set hours, make sure that you vary the times that you leave your office to ensure there is a level of unpredictability.
Small business security is about externalising your awareness. Pay attention to areas of opportunism, and fill the holes to maintain your security.
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