It’s always been said that in business you have to spend money to make money. So entrepreneurs spend a lot of money to build up their resources – capital equipment, intellectual property, infrastructure and human resources. But sometimes in their preoccupation with improving the bottom line, some of them forget to invest in adequate business security systems. This is a big mistake as various threats can cause even strong companies to go under; theft and data breaches are some of the most commonly encountered threats to any business. That is why it always pays for companies to ensure they have the business security systems they need.
The Various Threats Companies Face
Theft is perhaps a threat common which all business entities are faced with. Theft can take the form of physical goods, intellectual property, or cash. Worse still, the threat that theft poses does not always come from outside the company; there are many cases when it is the company’s own employees who steal from them. That should not be surprising since employees know the ins and outs of their place of work; it follows that if anyone can beat the systems, it is them.
Companies should also be wary of disgruntled current or former employees. They have the potential for sabotaging the company’s operations or revealing the most sensitive or the most valuable information about the company; a proprietary process, a special recipe or formula, and the keys to the office safe are things demoralized employees may share with the competition or even with thieves.
For companies with highly sensitive information or valuable secret formulations and processes, it is important to be wary of industrial espionage attempts. A pharmaceutical company and a research company are two good examples.
Dealing With Security Challenges
The best way to deal with all security concerns is to acquire and deploy an adequate business security system. To do that would require the help of security expert who will assess and identify perceived threats and formulate and implement the appropriate security measures.
Intrusion detection and alarm systems may have to be set up in strategic areas. Surveillance video camera equipment will also help deter theft and any kind of unlawful activity, especially if it is paired with video recording systems. In fact, merely posting a sign that your premises are protected by surveillance video is enough to reduce the chances of theft.
Access control systems should also be deployed. This will involve the issuance of ID cards and/or badges along with the installation of readers at entry and exit points. This way you can control access to specific areas; you can even specify what time, days, or work shifts employees and visitors may access certain areas. Access control should also be applied to data; only authorized people may access specific computers, network places, or documents. Their access may also be limited as to time and day. This article talks about the use of NFC technology in access control systems.
For your peace of mind, and to protect your bottom line, you need to consult with a security professional about business security systems.