Though often overlooked in favor of cybersecurity, physical security is equally important. Physical security is defined as the protection of people, property, and physical assets from actions and events that could cause damage or loss. Here are 4 Physical Security Management Guide to Protect Your Business.
Here are some helpful tips to help improve your company’s physical security:
Office Access Control
Are you aware of who can access your premises? If an unauthorized person can get in and out of your building undetected, then you need to improve your security methods. Implementing security measures to manage who can get into your building is crucial to prevent potential security threats and get the wrong people out. The goal of access control systems is to prevent unwarranted access and to create a boundary. Security systems include a range of different selections such as keypad number entry, card readers, and biometrically restricted doors such as fingerprint and iris detection.
E-waste unwanted hardware
It’s not only good for the environment but is also a form of security control. Company properties such as phones, hard drives, USB drives, and Bluetooth printers often contain private information that could put your business at risk if they fall into the wrong hands. Do not throw old equipment in the trash. There are criminals whose main source of living is to go through trash bins in order to get their hands on valuables, such as old hardware, with the intent of obtaining sensitive information. Partner with a reputable E-wasting company and have your hardware disposed of securely.
Keep track of each piece of equipment that is connected to your network
Are you aware of all the devices that are currently connected to your company’s Wi-fi? IoT (Internet of Things) are devices that connect to the internet. Examples of these devices are laptops, iPads, Wi-fi enabled printers, smartwatches, app-controlled lighting fixtures, and even Bluetooth-enabled fish aquariums. These items are considered security risks. They could be used as a gateway to allow hackers to get into your network system and access the company’s files. Organizations need to monitor and limit the devices that are connected to the network.
Staff security rules and training
Employees are considered a common target for hackers. Companies need to make their staff aware of the potential threats that are out there, and what to do to mitigate their risks. Some examples of rules your company should implement are to have employees lock their screen when leaving their desks, do not write passwords on a sticky note, keep USB and other portable devices locked up and away from reach, etc. Keeping up to date with the recent threats and conduct staff training regularly, helps employees in your company be on the same page, reducing risks, and help protect the entire organization.