by Jerry Mooney

It’s an unfortunate fact of life, there are people out there who would willingly and happily do you and your business harm. You need to put the work in to keep your business secure and safe, but this can be quite hard when you’re already spending so much time on keeping your business up and running. It doesn’t actually take too much effort to keep your business safe, once you’ve set your safety nets up then it can take little maintenance. Here are two top tips which can give you peace of mind and stop any potential issues arising.


Hire Security

If you run a warehouse or a store or even somewhere that houses expensive equipment as a business necessity then it may be worth hiring security. They can stop and deter opportunistic thieves, dedicated thieves and vandals from targeting your business. You must make sure the security firm you hire are professional, such as Cannon Guards, and consider installing CCTV to supplement the security staff and give them a means of checking on all areas of your business. It can also be used to take someone who did steal from you to court. Depending on your night operation you also should consider 24/7 protection. Try to use two guards over night, this way they can cover each other's breaks and have backup if something goes wrong.

Make sure you lock all high value items away using top level locking systems. Nothing can keep out a super determined thief with time, but the longer it takes the more chance there is  that they will get caught.


Protect Your IT Systems

In this time of high technology thieves don’t just come in the physical form but also the virtual. Hackers can enter your systems and steal valuable data, or simply flood your computers will malware for the fun of it. They come in different forms too such as malware, spyware and viruses, so there are a host of different things you need to look out for. There are many different companies offering top protection, and you need to compare and contrast to see which one best suits your business needs. Make sure your employees are trained in basic virus prevention, like knowing not to open email attachments from an unknown sender. You should also consider cloud computing, it is far less vulnerable to hacking attempts than traditional business servers and cannot be hurt by fire or flooding.  

Backing up your vital client and employee data offline can save you too, use a hard drive or a data storage company. If something does go wrong you’ve then got the means to quickly regain your operational capacity.

You should also install a means to keep track of your employees online activity. Browsing certain sites can invite unwanted cookies, trojans and spyware onto your systems and a disgruntled employee could quite easily decide to delete vital files or perform other types of sabotage. If they know you can watch what they’re doing they’ll be far less inclined to try anything.

For more: How To Not Get Hacked

 Jerry Mooney is co-founder and managing editor of Zenruption and the author of History Yoghurt and the Moon. He studied at the University of Munich and Lewis and Clark College where he received his BA in International Affairs and West European Studies. He has recently taught Language and Communications at a small, private college and owned various businesses, including an investment company. Jerry is committed to zenrupting the forces that block social, political and economic justice. He can also be found on Twitter.