3 Ways To Secure Your Business For The Holidays
November 21st, 2019
If you run a business, you know that the holiday season can be a hectic one, but it can also mean some extra security considerations. Retail businesses will need to worry about additional security as crowds ramp up, while B2B and other commercial ventures will need to think about handling extra temp employees or shutting things down for the holidays.
With that in mind, it’s important to be vigilant and remember to practice these three tips so that your business can be safer during the season and ready for more productive work in the New Year.
Resist The Impulse To Use Free/Public Wifi
Because of its intended and very public nature, free or public Wifi is easily accessible, and thus not very secure. It’s important for you to exercise—and impart to your employees—network security discipline when it comes to work-related digital communications.
If you or your employees need to use email or other official, work-related digital channels, and you’re not on your secure business network, encourage the use of a virtual protected network, rather than just connecting to a retail outlet’s free wifi system and accessing things that way. If you have a company data plan, so much the better, but understand that as convenient as free wifi is, it does bring with it security risks that you may expose work data to when you connect.
Adjust Your Security For Holiday Hours
You may be working at different hours during the holiday season. If that’s the case, either manually adjust your security systems like alarms to take this into account, or contact your security service and inform them that there will be a change to the hours and that monitoring should also be adjusted accordingly.
This is important because you don’t want a security system incorrectly thinking general public access is still approved during certain hours when the entire facility will be shut down for two weeks. You may never experience an intrusion, but all it takes is one criminal testing the doors and realizing an office is empty and without security protection for eight hours a day, five days a week, for the next two weeks for you to suffer significant losses.
Review & Test All Codes & Locking Mechanisms
Finally, don’t just lock up and leave the building. Test your locks to make sure that they are still working as intended, and if you use any access codes, go over them, make sure that they are valid, and, perhaps most important of all, that there are no “live codes” belonging to ex-employees that should have been disabled but for some reason aren’t.
Once you’ve tested and reviewed everything to your satisfaction and you know any “holes” have been found and addressed, you can lock up your business for the holidays, safe in the fact that you’ve secured everything. And if you’ve got advanced remote viewing surveillance features, you can even still check in from time to time your phone.
If you want to make sure your business is safer all year round, we can help. Contact All American Protection, and we can assess your needs and tailor a solution just for you.