OTHER, TECHNOLOGY • September 22, 2016
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As a small business owner, you might not have the amount of customers, money or goods that big corporations do, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have just as much at stake. No matter how small your business is, setting up both physical and online security measures is crucial. An online breach can reveal both business and customer data, while a break-in can result in stolen merchandise. Use this guide to help enhance security measures and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.
Physical security measures
From clothing stores to photography studios, these physical security measures help protect your business space and the valuable items inside.
Install surveillance video: Just seeing cameras will be enough to deter some individuals from breaking in or shoplifting. For stores and small boutiques, try to install cameras so all shopping areas are covered.
Add alarms by the door: Many bigger corporations like Target have alarms that go off when non-purchased merchandise leaves the store. Use this strategy in your own store to reduce theft. Be sure to also have alarms for break-in situations, and only give the password for this alarm to trustworthy employees.
Lock up valuable equipment in a separate room: When your business involves valuable equipment, lock that equipment in a separate storage unit to enhance protection. That way, even if someone were to break into your building, they would not be able to access your most prized possessions.
Hire enough staff to adequately cover the store: It’s easy for customers to slip smaller items into their purses or pockets if no one is watching. When staffing your store, consider how many people you need at one time to keep an eye on the entire store.
Online security measures
Online attacks can be more destructive than physical ones. Protect your business and customers by following these four actions.
Set up a strong defense: Put up a firewall, install anti-malware software and monitor your network regularly. Investing in a strong defense will reduce the likelihood that you lose money from a security breach.
Update software regularly: Installing protective software isn’t always enough. You also need to update software regularly to ensure your network and computers have the most current security technology working for them.
Try Cloud services: If you don’t have anyone to install, update and monitor anti-malware software or firewall, use Cloud-based services instead. You’ll have to pay a service fee, which essentially pays someone else to keep your devices up to date and secure.
Educate employees: Employees who use simple passwords or open unsafe links can be a threat to your business. Educate your team on the importance of creating unique passwords, keeping certain information confidential and avoiding scams.
You’ve poured your heart, time and money into starting a small business. Now it’s time to protect your company and customers by following these essential security measures.
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