New Year’s resolutions are easy to say but hard to keep. However, when it comes to security at your workplace, there are certain resolutions you can’t afford to let slip in a few months.
5 security habits to start doing at your workplace
Security breaches and attacks, on and offline, are one of the biggest threats to every business. While cyber security breaches, burglary or data protection issues can happen no matter what, there are positive steps your business can take to help prevent them.
So why not take up some new security habits in 2017? Developing a policy that you and your employees work towards is a great way to start.
As a UK leading supplier to the security industry, we are here to share some top tips to get you started…
1. Looking after access
While locking doors and windows is basic security sense, if you have more than several employees, all working different hours, it’s easy for security to slip through the net. Flexible working or “flexitime” is popular in many workplaces but make sure your doors have access codes or employees have electronic “fobs” for secure access. Ensure employees are aware of their responsibilities with key “fobs”, report loss or theft or ensure you change door codes regularly.
One of the easiest ways for potential thieves to access your office is “tailgate” one of your employees and follow them through a door. Make sure your employees are alert to “tailgaters” and feel comfortable to challenge unknown visitors appropriately.
2. The importance of passwords
Passwords are there for a reason and shouldn’t be neglected, so put together a password policy for your organisation. Ensure your network prompts employees to create long passwords that incorporate special characters and numbers. Avoid names, favourite sports teams and bands for passwords – these will be cracked quickly by cyber criminals. The most effective way to ensure your security is to use a random password generator or software that secretly stores your passwords for all your applications.
3. Keep your cyber security up to date
Your firewalls and security settings are there to protect you, so don’t ignore them! Make sure you allow time for updates to your network, you can schedule them for overnight if required. Pay attention to pop up blockers too, which can prevent potentially serious viruses and unsafe websites from accessing your network.
Make sure only a few people have admin rights on your network too. Don’t allow your employees to disable security features without permission and ensure they are reporting any suspicious activity to you or your security team.
4. Consider CCTV
Installing CCTV at your workplace doesn’t have to make your employees feel uncomfortable or watched. Installing a basic system, even just externally, is a great way to keep an eye on who is accessing the building or catching potential thieves. Ensure your cameras are installed and positioned by an expert and keep them regularly serviced to ensure they’re working effectively.
5. Clean desk policy
A clean desk policy is one of the most effective and overlooked security policies in the office. Throughout the day your employees will write down passwords, codes, names and addresses that can all lead to potentially serious data breaches. If possible, ensure employees aren’t writing information down or leaving it on display for long periods. Enforce a clean desk policy, where all information is destroyed or locked away at the end of every day.
Security in 2017…Get in the habit
Taking care of security in your office is basic common sense. While security breaches and workplace crimes are sometimes unavoidable, ensuring all your employees adhere to a strict security policy will help lower your risk. Looking after security, online and offline, will help keep your business and staff safe and secure and save you time and money in the long term.