No matter how fantastic and ‘one of a kind’ your product or service is and regardless of the success (to date) of your business when your security is compromised in either a physical sense or a virtual context, it can spell absolute disaster for your business. You might not lose that much financially and be able to recover with the help of insurance – but you can easily lose your entire reputation, and that is often not recoverable at all.
So, with this in mind, here are some important business tips for the protection of stock, data, and employee records that are pertinent regardless of the industry in which your company is based.
Never Keep Your Passwords Stored
At the top of the list of cybersecurity issues, passwords are amongst the most problematic and you should always, without fail, change your company passwords every couple of months at the very least.
Even though creating a strong and unbreakable password is naturally important, most experts agree that it is even more crucial to ensure none of your passwords are stored. Always ensure that the internet browser on your company network does not automatically remember your passwords and that there is no complete list of said passwords stored either virtually or physically.
If you are in charge of one or more physical retail stores, for example, then security will be a huge consideration when it comes to the buildings themselves.
One of the newest and already proven-to-be effective technologies you should certainly consider is the mosquito device which can be installed on the front of your back property and will deter youths and other potential troublemakers from lurking around the building. This device emits a noise at a frequency that only young people can hear and is irritating enough to ensure that they do not stay in the area and will probably go out of their way to avoid you.
Human resources is an absolutely essential department of any modern business and not only are employees working here responsible for distributing policies and procedures, but also for the collation, maintenance, updating, and protection of all employee records and data.
Choosing to outsource your HR department to a renowned and established third-party company, will afford you the following benefits, to name just a few:
- Ensure constant compliance with laws regarding recordkeeping
- A structured access system according to restrictions
- The provision of improved and more modern training
- The improved creation, collation, and disposal of records
- The development of more comprehensive procedures and policies
Avoid Using Public Wi-Fi Hot-Spots
As a rule, you should never, under any circumstances, connect your company’s laptop, smartphone, or any other electronic device to a public Wi-Fi network.
Such connections are never entirely secure and even though such a network is absolutely fine to use when updating your personal social media pages or browsing the internet, any device which has customer or employee data stored, not to mention your company’s confidential files should never connect to one.