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IT Security Innovations: The Physical Protective Measures You Need To Take

You still need to look at physical security

1Sep

You’ve got a ground-breaking idea to steal the market, the dream team workforce to keep the place thriving, and the technology to make it all a reality – but are you keeping this winning combination safe?

Security is, and always has been, a major part of running a successful business. Since sensitive information and corporate data is now stored online, your focus must be on protecting your IT system.

The biggest risks your company faces might have changed significantly over recent years – your predecessors didn’t have to worry about digital pirates or data breaches – but your approach to tackling them should still incorporate traditional security measures.

It’s easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles of hi-tech software-based protections. Although these have their place, a proper defensive strategy for your IT network has to start at a physical level.

We’ve highlighted four physical security measures your business can’t afford to neglect.

Lock up at the end of the night

Working late is something we normally all try to avoid, but having the office to yourself for a half hour at the end of the day can sometimes provide some much-needed peace and quiet to finish a particularly tricky task.

If you’re the last person to leave, make sure you lock all doors behind you – particularly those of server rooms or departments that handle confidential or sensitive processes. Ensure that your locking system is as up-to-date as possible and that all windows, doors, and gates have sturdy locks.

Fire safety

Fires might seem like the stuff of overdramatic soap operas, but accidents do happen. If your office is ever the unfortunate victim of a devastating blaze, you’ll soon regret not investing in preventative measures.

Look to a quality external company for the appropriate safety products, like alarms and extinguishers. Durasteel doors are the ultimate in fire safety – they’ll prevent the spread of fire and smoke to other areas, and allow safe exit from the building.

Control access to keys

Internal attacks are always a problem, and even if you fully trust your entire team you’re still vulnerable. To help protect yourself, implement a proper policy for keys and passcodes so that you and all your employees are clear on who has access to what.

Make sure they understand the importance of keeping access to the building secure, and that sharing of keys or entrance codes is unacceptable. You need to maintain an accurate record of keys and access details, so that if someone leaves for another job you know if there are any updates to locks or passwords that need to be made.

Get shredding

The thought of someone raking through your bins to get their hands on sensitive information might seem far-fetched, but identity thieves commonly work by exploiting household waste.

Your business is subject to the same risks, and preventing it comes down to instilling good housekeeping habits in staff members. Next time you have a spring clean, shred any sensitive documents. Securely store the waste product until it can be safely and properly disposed of.

Once you’ve got the basics of physical security covered, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you and your employees can work in a safe and secure environment.

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