Businesses everywhere can be seen as targets for crime, whether it is local stores suffering at the hands of shoplifters, banks facing the threat of robberies, or cyber criminals after any personal information that they can get their hands on.
To protect your business, you have to make it as hard as you can for criminals to either gain access or have the opportunity of carrying out any sort of criminal acts. To do this, you need to focus on three important areas.
Protecting your business from being a target of cybercrime
To provide the best protection possible, you will have to understand how cybercriminals gain access to personal data. This can be in the form of phishing attacks that are generally sent through emails. These emails will either have the recipient directed to spoof websites or click through malicious links to gain sensitive login details and other personal information. Unfortunately, this is not the only approach that is commonplace.
In order to gain access to a business’s data, a cybercriminal may attempt to use phishing attacks or viruses like worms or malware. The most common destination for these is ransomware attacks. Ransomware attacks on a business are where a cybercriminal holds information or files for ransom, denying the business in question access unless money is paid or the data is sold to interested parties. Installing anti-ransomware technology can provide a defense against these types of attacks, while choosing the correct endpoint software can help with prevention and response.
Protecting your business against physical crime
Improved lighting is a good deterrent when it comes to any sort of physical crime that happens after dark. Ensuring that nobody can lurk in the shadows is most certainly a good idea – and even more so when backed up with security cameras. However, you may need more than this to deter those that intend on making mischief or are there to take advantage of the convenient meeting place, where their antics can quickly progress into different forms of vandalism.
For instance, installing a device that deters certain age groups from hanging around or loitering too long could be the ideal preventative that will not incur any repercussions to your business or the premises that it inhabits.
Keeping unwanted individuals from gaining access
There is, of course, the chance of criminals wanting to gain access to your business to either ransack, steal or enter your premises. There are several security measures that you can put in place to make this occurrence less likely.
You could hire a team of security guards to man the entrances and exits of your building. Although this is worthwhile, you may find it expensive. An alternative would be to fit your external doors with key code pads or fingerprint identification panels to allow your employees access but deny anyone else.
There are most certainly ways in which you can make your business a far harder target to gain access to. The more difficult your business is to access, the more likely any criminal is to go elsewhere for their kicks and money-making mischief.