Last year alone, small businesses suffered 79,635 cyber security breaches, while a 2019 report published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) revealed that 50% have been the victim of physical crime.
So, what can companies do to reduce their risk?
In this guide, we’ve taken a closer look at some of the most common types of crimes businesses face on and offline and what can be done about them.
Cybercrime against businesses can take many forms. Whilst the crimes themselves might not be physical in nature, cyberattacks can damage consumer trust and leave businesses significantly out of pocket.
Cyber security, just like physical security, is about putting layers of security in place that will work together to reduce or limit potential risk. This should include implementing key processes and technologies that will limit the chance of an issue and also training staff, with human error being behind most successful cyberattacks. All such measures should be reviewed and updated regularly.
With cyber threats evolving at pace, it can be very difficult to stay ahead of the game. If you don’t have the budget for an internal IT team, then working with an experienced, external IT provider can ensure you are on top of the latest threats and have someone to turn to in case of any problem. Be careful to chose an IT company with the right experience and accreditations to ensure peace of mind. Like physical security companies, there are many IT providers who will not take responsibility for their actions when their security and/or backups fail.
Physical security threats not only put premises and equipment at risk, they can also put employees in harm’s way. That’s because unlike cybercrimes that penetrate IT systems remotely, with physical crimes the perpetrator is present.
Here are some key security measures you can put in place to deter criminals from targeting your business and also minimise any potential harm they might cause.
CCTV (closed circuit television) is a popular choice for many businesses and when used correctly, (preferably) monitored and acted upon, it can be very effective. Not only is the presence of CCTV helpful in deterring would-be criminals, it can also provide valuable evidence for insurance claims and police investigations.
Invest in manned guarding
Having a visible security presence on site can be a great way to reduce the risk of crime – particularly if it’s a larger site with lots of staff and visitors coming in and out throughout the day. As well as providing front of house duties, including reception, you may have security officers carrying out regular patrols of the premises to spot any issues, and generally promoting the safety of staff and visitors.
Implement mobile security patrols
In the same way, signing up for mobile security patrols that entail having security officers visiting your premises at random times throughout the night can put off would-be criminals. Not only do security patrols reduce any window of opportunity for a criminal to gain access to buildings and assets, but they can spot maintenance issues and ensure everything is as it should be and provide advance warning of issues to the facilities team.
Outsource your key holding needs
While it may be tempting to use employees as key holders this can also lead to certain risks. In the case of responding to alarms out of hours, it can be quite unpleasant for the individual concerned and could see them faced with a difficult situation. Making use of a professional key holding service, with fully trained security officers carrying out this function is cost effective and helps limit who has access to the premises.
As with cyber security, training staff on key threats and security protocols is advisable. For example, get them to be mindful of leaving valuables in plain sight or unattended. Have a process for locking all doors and windows and checking it’s been done. And have team members keep an eye out for any unfamiliar faces, or unusual activity in the workplace. Make it a team effort to keep the work environment safe.
Outsource your security
Outsourcing your security to a professional firm is a great way to gain the security protection your business needs at an affordable and flexible rate.
At Venture Security, we partner with regional businesses and UK councils across the central southern region, offering a range of security services, tailored to our clients’ needs. Whether you want manned guarding, mobile security patrols, help in locking and unlocking your premises, or support in responding to alarms out of hours, we can help.
Every business needs to make decisions about where best to invest its hard-earned cash and in the face of increasingly sophisticated criminals, security is often high on the priority list.
Businesses today face a growing number of increasingly sophisticated threats, both to their physical and digital assets. Therefore, making the right decision over which security measures and technology to invest in, is more important than ever.
Whatever size or industry your company may operate in, the damage and potential downtime that can be caused if you’re the victim of crime could be devastating.
Organisations are naturally concerned about the impact that outsourcing their security may have on staff. At Venture, we have successfully managed TUPE and undertaken the transfer of staff from numerous customer sites. Here is an insight into the TUPE process we follow and some of the feedback we have received.
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