Small Business Safety and Security Tips

4 Tools to Improve Your Small Business’s Safety and Security

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The security of your business is not only important to the success of your company but also to the safety of your employees and the customers who work with you. From cyberattacks to break-ins, there are plenty of safety and security issues that could take a toll on your business if you’re not prepared.

Fortunately, there are some tools you can use to help keep your business safe and secure year-round. Here are four key tools to use to boost your business’s security against crime, building damage, and more.

1. Firewalls and Intrusion Protection

Firewalls are a crucial tool for small businesses to monitor outgoing and incoming network traffic. However, your business needs a multi-layer approach to keeping your company secure because relying on a single firewall could be your company’s downfall. For instance, 3D printers today are used to create a variety of products, and a cyberattack could put those products at risk. Hackers could input information into the printer’s design files so the products created are created incorrectly so they malfunction. To protect your data and 3D printers, secure your network, encrypt your CAD files, and use state-of-the-art intrusion protection techniques.

2. Notification Systems

In the event of an emergency or security breach, you want to be sure you can notify your employees and customers quickly and efficiently. GroupCast, a mass notification solution, is capable of delivering millions of messages quickly. It even sends out mass notifications during widespread weather events so everyone can access essential information when necessary.

3. Smart Alarms

There’s an estimated 780,000 police officers currently working in the United States. However, despite these numbers, break-ins and burglaries often go unsolved because there isn’t enough information about the burglary that took place. Smart alarms are a great way to reduce your business’s risk of becoming a burglar’s target. Nothing takes the wind out of a thief’s sails faster than a security alert.

4. Water Sensors

Cyberattacks and thieves aren’t the only things that can threaten your business. Water damage caused by damaged plumbing systems or weather conditions can also pose a threat. According to Plumbing Manufacturers International, up to 13.7% of water use is the result of leaks. A water sensor can help your business catch these leaks before they become major disasters that could ruin important documents or servers. Water sensors, when installed, can notify you immediately when a leak is detected. You can also connect your sensor to your smartphone or your company’s security system.

It can be tricky to keep your small business safe and secure year-round. However, by using some or all of the tools above, you can help to keep your business safe from cyberattacks, break-ins, and weather-related damage.

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