We live in a digital age, which means that every move we make in both our professional lives and our personal lives is powered with technology. We want smart phones, smart TVs, smart houses and even smarter workplaces. We want automation and regeneration and we want to avoid stagnation, so we push forward with our upgrades and developments and innovation to get there. All of this pressure toward a smarter world has meant that we now live in a time where we are constantly on watch for being hacked into. Our businesses are on cyber lockdown and we buy into as much online and cyber security as we possibly can. The problem? All of our cyber efforts are making us forget about budgeting for physical security.
The threats for your physical security are varied. Some are internally within your business and others come from external forces. Some are acts of nature and climate-related disasters, while others are man-made. As a company that imparts logic into every detail of their business, you should be protecting your physical assets. This can include things like laptop security cabinets in the office so that the vital hardware you’ve invested in can be as safe as possible. It can also mean ensuring that you have invested in fireproof filing cabinets. Some businesses still do use paperwork to keep their records, but it’s no good to you if it gets destroyed because of an act of nature.
Mitigating Physical Threats
Not every physical threat is easily mitigated. For example, you can provide every feasible physical security measure for your business, but if a fire starts up none of that will matter. You could also spend every pound you have and still be exposed to threats. However, as a business professional, you need to ensure that you are investing in physical security storage as well as cyber security. Here are some of the ways that you can add some control to your working environment:
● Ensure that your site layout is secure with fencing and cameras. A low-profile design can help with this, including a lower visibility and fewer access points. Physically securing remote access points is also important, because hacking is still a real threat.
● Your business access controls could be controlled with swipe cards and key fobs, with no other way in and out without these tools. You can put people onto a reception desk to issue visitor badges and ensure that all visitors sign into the premises upon entry and sign out on exit, which helps you to keep track of things.
● Hiring physical security guards for your premises to detect threats and protect you from them. Secondary security equipment is always going to help your business, and motion detectors should be considered.
● Employing as much elemental protection as possible – especially in areas at risk of flooding and fires.
Start with identifying the vulnerabilities in your business and move forward from there. Once you know your physical security weaknesses, you can turn them into strengths.
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