How much business security is adequate?

Many of us are of the opinion that if there is a security system, it can be broken. We mostly have Tom Cruise and other action stars to thank for this. Some of the most enjoyable blockbuster action experiences you can have is following the careful breaking an entering of a super-spy into a location where he really shouldn’t be. This might mean that when it comes to considering our own business security, we know we should invest in the best package possible.

Of course, you might not have superspies after your business documents. You may not need the laser grid, aggressive dogs, the armed guards and the secret hidden rockets, activated by a hidden button on desk. Of course, that would be very cool, but it’s not needed. It might even be considered overkill.

But how much business security is actually adequate? Of course, it depends on your business. The offices of military weapons manufacturers are likely much more secure than a business that supplies toner to other businesses. For this post, we are going to assume you have more in common with the latter than the former. Then, the following business security advice might apply more thoroughly:

Covering Your Main Threats

When considering business security, it’s important to consider the most likely threats to your operation. Most of those will be user error. Bad fire practice, unlocked doors, improper VPN usage and remote working practice, all of this can allow for backdoors or unfortunate consequences to come up in your business protective efforts. This is of course, not acceptable. For this reason, writing comprehensive and standard policies that must be followed pending disciplinary action is essential to ensure your staff are on top of things. However, consider what your product is, and how you might cover its peculiarities. If you sell domain names to professionals, it might be worthwhile to ensure that the domain is protected from indexed or third party search listings, to ensure both you and your client are better secured.

Consider Your History

Considering your largest security flaws is important when considering methods to improve it. Look back to your past. Did you suffer a theft of your inventory this year? Was that due to bad staff practice, or a lack of vetting your employees? Did you leave your parking space unlocked, or did you leave it too late to repair a CCTV system? Consider your security history thus far. If you think you have a perfect record, check again. When you do this, the history of your development will apply itself to your future decision making.

Vet Services

You may use many services to protect your business security over time. From using VPNs to other private cloud hosting suites, it’s essential to ensure that other businesses are reviewing the service well, and that is has a clear and open privacy policy. Always read the small print. The more you can vet services, the more you will avoid weak points coming from linked corporate nodes in your system.

With this advice, we’re certain that you will provide acceptable security for your firm.

*This is a contributed post

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