Running a business can be time-consuming for long stretches. You can never be too sure of what’s around the corner – paperwork, a surprise meeting with a client/investor, an urgent order – there’s so much unpredictability involved. Something else that any business might not be completely able to control is immunity from being subject to theft or any other form of criminality.
This is where the question of security will arise. The majority of companies, no matter how big they are or which industry they’re a part of will have some form of security in place, but at a time when anxiety over the safety of assets and resources is high, it pays to take it as seriously as possible. Security encompasses everything from digital files of physical equipment and everything in between.
Stay safe up there…
They might seem like the hardest things for a thief to steal, but if you have some important spread-sheets or documents containing sensitive data which has significant financial value, you’ll want to make sure that it’s impossible for someone to gain unauthorised access to them. Files stored on an internal server or on individual computers/hard drives can be easy enough to secure.
Sadly, the same cannot be said of files stored on the ‘cloud’. A remote space online, people can save and share files there with other employees and clients. In theory, it’s hugely convenient, but security is a major issue that has left a shadow over it. According to the CEO of one cloud storage provider, the ideal security solution should be ‘physical’.
By that, he meant asking providers key questions about their security provision. This would then enable business customers to gauge which one was best in addressing their concerns and tacking “the vagaries of the internet”.
Stick to your guns
Another way of trying to keep hold of what you deem most valuable within your premises is using voiding labels. At first, they might not seem like they do a great deal, but they provide an added layer of security that can help to deter criminals from taking whatever they’re on. Unlike some ordinary labels you might find on, say a computer, they’re actually pretty innovative.
How they work is that:
* They are comprised of two labels – an outer one which contains a security hologram and a unique sequential number and a lower label which reveals the word ‘VOID’ written repeatedly.
* The lower label, if revealed, will prove that it has been tampered with. This is arguably the most important feature a voiding label has.
* Both layers are connected using a two-stage adhesive. This makes it hard for the label to be removed and repositioned without strong evidence of it being replaced.
* The security hologram is essential in making each item traceable in the event of theft. This can make you feel a little more comfortable knowing that, if taken, an item can be retrieved.
* There are two kinds of voiding label – warranty and security. The former is for warranties which are rendered obsolete if the label has been tampered with in any way, while the latter is for any kind of product – boxes, cabinets and computing, for example.
With a range of void labels to hand, your business’s products will be that little bit safer, and they’re likely to be even safer with other security measures in place.
Stuart Jailler of Seareach Ltd has this top tip for all businesses thinking about getting some for their most prized pieces of kit:
“For a low cost, thousands of pieces of a corporations’ electronic equipment can be marked with an asset identification label and tracked in inventory software. From loaning equipment between departments, through to the effective control of company assets, this is an essential part of business housekeeping that is often overlooked.”
No cause for alarm?
No office, shop or warehouse should be without a comprehensive alarm system. Having a security alarm can help to deter people from intrusion into your premises, as they know that if the alarm is activated, the police will likely be contacted and will act as swiftly as possible. However, in many cases, one solitary alarm might not be sufficient.
Having a few alarms – one for each section of the premises – might do the job. As an added security measure, perhaps a CCTV system to work alongside the alarms might prove useful. It would enable you to spot anything suspicious going on outside the office and report it if needs be.
An alarm system and CCTV together are imperative for ensuring every single piece of equipment of value is guarded against the threat of being stolen. Without either, you may end up opening your business up to opportunistic criminals who might see you as easy prey.