Small businesses can often be easy targets for criminal activity and theft. This may be because they don’t have the safety precautions in place or because they do not have the resources to keep their business as safe as multinational companies.
The facts are mind blowing; at least 900,000 small businesses are affected each year by digital theft and crime, which results in a lot of payouts, loss of jobs, loss of time and stress. It often means that police do not spend the same amount of time assisting the smaller companies which can result in further costs so truly prevention is better than the cure, as with most things, and security solutions are paramount for smaller businesses to still thrive without fear.
Look at your premises first and foremost. It is a good idea to ensure that your exits and entrances are secure with the necessary CCTV for deterrents. Have them clearly seen to anyone and also ensure you have a good alarm system that connects to a real time system so police can be informed immediately. Ensure that anything really valuable is stored safely in safes or off premises, and ensure that you keep all windows secure from burglars. Effective locks are vital, keyless locks work best and will deter potential criminals from entering, in addition to this, adequate lighting will assist in playing part in a deterrent. Your business is your biggest asset and it must be protected.
If you want to keep your business safe in a digital aspect, you must ensure you have the safeguards in place so that your databases and systems cannot be hacked. You could look at some type of runtime application self-protection and other safety aspects such as firewalls that will assist in protecting you digitally. Any type of hacking event could cause money and time, resulting in a loss of business and even a loss of customers. If you do not provide the necessary safety precautions it may appear that you are not trustworthy and people could take their custom elsewhere. Choose your passwords wisely and ensure your employees do not share them with anyone else. It is vital that your passwords cannot be easily guessed and as cybercrime is on the rise, it is becoming more and more easy for hackers to get into systems. A lot of cyber criminals can crack passwords via simple programs and so avoiding personal information or pet names, birthdays can really assist with keeping your systems safe.
Antivirus software can protect against any type of security attack and there are many that are free, but you must ensure that you are covered under a plan that covers you for viruses, spyware, adware and malware. There are many plans available but you must be sure that you are covered for the right things, to avoid any problems later. Do not waste time, as every moment you are unprotected is a potential moment for a cyber attacker or criminal to attack your business.