Business security in the modern era is a multi-faceted beast. While back before the era of the internet, your main security issues comprised of making sure that the locks on your premises were sturdy enough to keep wanton thieves at bay, Nowadays, businesses are expected to face criminal assaults on a multitude of fronts, from physical theft, through to cybercrime facilitated through the weak website and password security. So, what exactly does it take to keep your business as secure as possible in 2021? Let’s look at each area in a little more detail.
Physical security systems
Let’s start with the area of business that has been a weak point in the world of security since time immemorial, the physical security of your business. Go back a few decades, and most companies would have nothing more than a solid set of locks keeping their premises safe from the more nefarious characters who are out looking to steal their cash or wares, but now, many affordable options on the market will allow a business owner or a member of the security staff to monitor the situation on the ground 24/7. From cloud-based video monitoring solutions that can alert your smartphone when motion is detected to alarms and window monitors that will send automated alerts when a seal is broken, there has never been a better time to invest in a business security system for your company.
Want to know what is considered the weakest point of your current business security system? Well, unfortunately, it is you! Either that or another staff member. In a world where we have so many passwords to remember for our personal and work lives, it is no wonder that so many of us end up using some rather easy-to-guess (or brute-force break) passwords on our accounts to speed up our workflow. The problem is, cybercriminals have access to programs that can guess thousands of passwords per minute, leaving those of us who are less than savvy in this area at a distinct disadvantage. The answer? You need to employ the use of a password manager for your team.
Password managers help you create and distribute passwords for all the services you use and keep an encrypted record of them on their own servers, making it easy for you to log in to any site or application you need but making it extremely hard for the ‘bad guys’ to compromise you. These passwords are often a mishmash of upper and lowercase letters and numbers that have no relevance to anything. Brute-forcing these types of passwords take a lot of time, and generally, a cybercriminal will move on to a far easier target that takes less time to infiltrate. Password managers are your best bet when trying to make your defenses as tough as possible to crack, and with so many options now available that cover individuals as well as entire businesses, plugging this hole is a pretty simple endeavor.
Let’s say your website is one that rarely needs much editing. You use it primarily as a sort of landing page for your company in general, but with little to change on a weekly basis, it remains untouched for months on end, sometimes even longer. This means you have little to no need to ever worry about it, right? Not so. Websites that don’t get regularly patched with security updates are a cybercriminal’s dream, leaving open virtual doors that the owner of the website may not even know about. Avoiding this is simply a case of keeping on top of those security patches, installing SSL (a secure sockets layer) certificates, and using anti-malware software on your servers. Most decent web hosts come with malware scanning as a default, but if yours doesn’t, it is time to either move provider or deploy your own solution.
Business security can seem like a complicated affair these days, but in truth, once you have your solutions deployed, it is simply a case of keeping on top of things. Your physical security is now more robust than ever (with cloud-based video surveillance). Your passwords are easily managed with specialized software, and your website is (often) scanned for malware at the server level. At the same time, you only need to update the security patches when they are released. Yes, the melding together of the digital and real-world has meant that criminals have more than one way to get at your company. Still, a little effort in sorting out your security in each area, and they are more than likely to move on to an easier target. Just make sure you are as difficult as possible to breach in each area, and you will be one step ahead of those looking to take advantage.