Now more than ever, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) must focus on protecting their assets in both the digital and physical environments.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused a surge in cyberattacks, causing most companies to focus solely on cybersecurity, there is a significant need for physical security as well.
Restaurants and smaller merchants have seen a sharp rise in break-ins precipitated by the ongoing virus crisis, as thieves take advantage of unprotected brick-and-mortar establishments.
Though they may seem like separate issues, cybersecurity and physical are essentially interconnected functions that must both be managed properly in order to prevent —or at least reduce — the chance of theft and damage.
How to Create the Right Physical Security Plan for Your Small Business
As we mentioned, physical security and cybersecurity are often interrelated. To be completely effective, your physical security plan should have a cybersecurity component.
Fortunately, there is a wealth of new technology on the market that can assist small businesses in dovetailing their physical and cybersecurity plans. In this way, you can keep not only your brick-and-mortar premises safe, but your proprietary and sensitive data under lock and key.
Here is a basic outline of elements to consider including in your physical security plan.
- Secure Your Perimeter
To keep your brick-and-mortar business — and your employees — safe from harm, you first need to secure your perimeter. Today’s security cameras provide a host of options — from audio capabilities and high-definition video streams to technology for low-light situations and infrared illuminators.
In addition, consider adding access controls to your premises, allowing authorized personnel entrance using a keycard, authorization code, or even biometrics.
- Add Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
Closed circuit television (CCTV) can help onsite guards or off-site monitoring staff to gain visibility into areas that need protection.
A CCTV system is particularly essential to prevent theft or loss due to activities perpetrated by a malicious insider — someone who may have the proper access to the building that allows them to bypass other physical security barriers.
- Secure Your Servers
Here is one place where cybersecurity and physical security definitely overlap. Your servers host not only your company’s proprietary data, but sensitive information of all kinds, including client information.
Keep that data safe and ensure business continuity by providing physical security for your server room in the form of cameras, locks, and even guards. Top off your protection by hosting servers off-premises, providing cybersecurity in the form of redundancies, or putting your information in the cloud.
- Manage Devices and Monitor
Endpoint management is an essential element of both a strong physical and cybersecurity plan.
An endpoint is a physical part of your business — from laptops, computers, printers, and other office equipment to the bring-you-own-devices (BYOD) carried onsite by employees. But these endpoints can also be accessed via Wi-Fi, VPN, or other digital means.
To control access, you must establish security measures that are both digital and physical. Cameras, video, and authorization policies can help key tabs on who is accessing your equipment, but a strong cybersecurity program should be added to protect endpoints from incursions from cybercriminals.
Perry proTECH Has the Right Security for Any Application
At Perry proTECH, we understand the needs and challenges faced by many of today’s small businesses. Putting together a cost-effective, workable physical or cybersecurity program on its own can be challenging enough, let alone combining the two.
To create such a program, you need an IT team that has expansive knowledge of both industries and knows how to determine exactly what your small business needs to meet your specific security challenges and goals.
Our team of IT and physical security experts can help you assess your vulnerabilities and build a security plan that will not only address current needs, but provide the optimal scalability and flexibility to grow with you as your business changes.
Keep your business, employees, and customers — and their data — safe with a strong physical and cybersecurity program. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and let our team of experts help your business stay protected.