4 simple security tips for your small business

By Dixie Somers

You put a lot of hard work and sweat into creating the business that you have today. It only makes sense that you should be doing everything possible to help keep all your business assets safe and secure. Here are four basic security measures that every business, regardless of industry, should implement on a daily basis.

Multi-level authorization

Most businesses these days rely on a variety of technology and software programs to run their daily operations. One of the best ways to help tighten up security at your business is to require multi-level authorization. This can be as simple as requiring two forms of encryption to log into your software programs. For example, your employee may need to provide a written password as well as a fingerprint. Or you may opt for text or call options instead. Whatever option you choose, this multi-level security step helps to drastically reduce your risk of unwanted intrusion by unauthorized individuals.

Video surveillance

Unfortunately, many business owners think that video surveillance is too expensive and don’t invest in it. However, CCTV camera installations can be relatively affordable and a great way to help provide evidence for any issues that may arise at your business. Whether it’s an internal problem of employee misconduct or having a theft on your hands, these cameras are a great way to help identify the culprit and successfully prove your case in a court of law.

Video surveillance can be installed indoors and outdoors, with a camera database located either onsite or offsite with your security company. Hiring a security specialist or outsourcing your surveillance maintenance can prove vital in protecting your business, assets, and staff.

Limit access control

One of the biggest security mistakes that many businesses make is allowing all their employees to have access to crucial components of the business. Your employee should only be given access to the software programs and data that are necessary to complete their job. In addition, if you are in an in-person office, you should only allow access to specified areas, such as IT and tech wings, to specific individuals. Only those at the highest level of your business should have access to all business programs and sectors. By limiting access to certain data, it reduces the number of potential leaks that could happen.

Install a security system

Another great option for enhancing the security of your business is to use an alarm system. It should be monitored by an on-site professional or reputable security company. This will help to drastically deter criminal activity and will provide you with real-time alerts if there are any issues at your business when you’re not there. You may even be able to cash in on insurance discounts for having a security system in place at your operating location.

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure the safety of your business and your employees. Not only is finding a solution imperative but finding one that works for your business and your assets is absolutely crucial in our modern world. The four security measures above should be considered as a basic foundation for any business out there. As time goes by, you should be adding more layers of security to your business to enhance its safety as the world changes and develops.


Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for business, health, and women’s interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. dixiesomers@gmail.com @DixieSomers

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