Many businesses spend a lot of time and money focused on firewalls and encryption software to protect their IT systems and data – and rightly so. However, physical security is often overlooked when compared to cyber security when it can be just as crucial, especially for small businesses that do not have the same resources as larger firms to devote to security personnel and tools.
Physical security helps companies protect assets, including IT infrastructure and servers that make their businesses run and that store sensitive data. Physical security includes tools like gates, alarms, and video surveillance cameras, but also includes another central element: an organization’s personnel. Crucially, business and IT leaders need to foster a culture of security in addition to investing in technology to protect the organization, according to security experts.
Create a Culture of Security
An organization’s employees are its first line of defense. Companies should start improving their security by building security awareness and instilling a culture of commitment by creating a great place to work.
Doing this ensures your employees will be less likely to get disgruntled and will, in turn, not want to harm the company. Measures such as locking and encrypting systems, choosing safe passwords and only sharing confidential information with those who need to know are all things that should become second nature to your employees.
Invest in Security Gates and Doors
In addition to having a staff member in a building’s lobby monitoring who gets access to a company’s offices, it’s a good idea to include a system requiring a proximity card for entry. Although these are pretty common, such systems are important and should be used more often because they provide tight access control for individual doors and provide a detailed audit trail.
Yet, badges or badge data can be stolen by thieves or disgruntled employees. However, wireless communication technology is now enabling businesses to deploy “smart locks” that can let firms add barriers to doors and unlock the doors remotely via wireless protocols.
Monitor Your Systems and Your Space
Video surveillance would probably be the first thing a business owner would think of to protect their business. And in today’s tech-centric world, video surveillance cameras are very inexpensive for what they provide. Video surveillance can do double duty; they not only detect possible threats in progress, but they allow for review of incidents when you go to the police.
Surprisingly though, few companies use them, and many that do use them, ignore them. Cameras should be installed at all entry points to a facility, and in key areas such as data centers and telecom stations as well as front entrances and exits. The video should also be recorded and retained, with a live monitor placed on the desk of someone who can keep an eye on it.
Getting Alerts with Alarms
Despite all of these measures, intrusion detection systems and alarms are also key elements of physical security. Monitored alarms will help to drive away intruders and ensure that staff or the police will be on their way if the alarm persists. It’s best to consult a registered alarm specialist to find, install and maintain the ideal system for you.
Focus on the Server Room
For many small businesses, their data center is a server or rack of servers in a closet or small room. Guarding and monitoring access to that physical space is essential to maintaining data security and potentially the operations of the business if the servers are tampered with or destroyed.
Security gates can be installed in a doorway in order to prevent access to the server room. These gates are easy to use and can be opened completely, providing unrestricted access to the room when needed. However, their strong construction and secure locks keep intruders out when they are locked.
Physical security gates can also provide ventilation to server rooms — an advantage over a locked door. Gates can also be installed behind a locked door.
Some companies do not consider securing their server rooms due to cost concerns, which is not a smart strategy. While installing security gates does come with a cost, this cost pales in comparison to the tremendous cost that could occur if the server room is broken into. Also, the potential hassles of replacing the information, programs and down time to operate your business.
These security gates can also allow you to restrict certain people from accessing your server room by preventing them from having security clearance. These people can include employees, workers, visitors, clients and other people who may be walking through offices which can be protected against. Protecting your server room from these people is important and it’s also important to remember that, in many office break-ins, criminals look for electronics and confidential information first. Therefore, it’s a good idea to not label your server room as such and, of course, to ensure that it’s protected by physical security gates.
How Isotec Security Can Protect Your Business
We believe in providing our clients with the best protection for your business or home to keep you, your team, your products and sensitive information safe. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and work with you to create the best security system for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can protect you and learn more about our products.