The conversation around business security tends to center around digital security — firewalls, emails, passwords, etc. While all those things are important, businesses have a lot to lose by not giving attention to physical security. Policies enforcing the workspace and other types of physical security arm your employees with the tools they need to keep your data and infrastructure safe from cybercriminals.
What is Business Security?
Business security includes everything it takes to protect a business. This includes digital security like firewalls, patches, antivirus software and password policies. Plus, any business security purchases need to be implemented, installed, maintained and monitored to ensure they remain effective and up-to-date. It also includes physical security, which we’ll discuss in more detail throughout this blog.
Physical Security for Businesses
Keeping businesses physically safe requires a combination of physical security hardware, employee education and internal security policies.
Physical Security Hardware
Digital video surveillance is perhaps the most well-known type of physical security for businesses. Having cameras rolling helps businesses identify responsible parties in the event of a physical security breach, though that’s more of a reactive position and may not be as effective as keeping data safe.
Additional forms of physical security hardware include requiring employees to enter a code or swipe their badge to enter different areas. This technology can also restrict access to various points of entry, depending on employee access needs. Just like all employees likely don’t require administrator access on online accounts, some employees will have job duties that don’t require them to have full access to every room in the building.
While physical security hardware is important, I recommend placing an even higher importance on training and educating employees on how they can promote physical security at work.
Educating and Training Employees
In a lot of ways, workplace security depends on educating and training employees on how to promote security in their day-to-day roles. It might seem easier to put the responsibility on hardware and technology, but with the right effort upfront, employees can be a great line of defense in protecting sensitive data.
Each employee’s workstation can be an entrypoint for security breaches. Documents left out on the desk and tabs left open on the computer can be an easy score for someone infiltrating your office. Secure workstations by implementing a clean desk policy.
A clean desk policy advises employees on how to put away or otherwise secure private documents, binders and tech devices whenever they leave their station. Additional measures can include locking down the computer screen, hiding any keys or codes and destroying any sticky notes with password information on them.
Another area where employees can help to protect your business is by keeping an eye out for individuals who aren’t employees in employee-only spaces. Something as simple as saying, “Hi, have we met?” or “Can I help you?” can be a great, non-confrontational way to promote physical security. This, and any other guidelines for protecting your business, belong in your company’s IT security policy.
What is an IT Security Policy?
The final step I recommend for promoting physical security at your business is ensuring there is an internal security policy in place. An IT Security Policy is an internal policy a business puts together that details a process for how employees can help ensure safety.
To ensure your internal security policy is up to industry best practices, we recommend comparing it against our Security Checklist. This free resource outlines over 20 business security best practices that any company stands to benefit from.