Let us assume that you are reasonably concerned about your security.
You most likely have security software loaded on your computer systems, and you most likely have storage space for your most valuable equipment, especially if you operate outside of your house. If you’ve finally realised that you haven’t done either, now is the moment to make amends.
There are, however, other security weaknesses that you may not be aware of, which we will detail below.
Security flaw number one:
Using passwords that are easy to guess on your computer systems.
You must take precautions to restrict access to your computer systems, as well as the files and folders contained within, in order to protect your customers’ information. If you don’t, and a hacker or an uninvited guest gains entry to your premises, you and your customers’ data will be jeopardised.
Of course, you’re aware of this, which is why you’ve (presumably) password-protected your computers and accounts. That’s fantastic news, but are your passwords vulnerable to guessing? Have you used your birth date, pet’s name, or a password which you use for every profile on your computer, whether it’s for work or personal purposes? If that’s the case, any malicious thief may crack your codes and obtain access to your systems. There will undoubtedly be disaster.
To avoid being caught using easily guessable passwords, consider using a random password generator rather than your default password. Even the most competent hacker will have a difficult time gaining access into the system if you do it this way.
Take further precautions, such as not having your customer records open when you leave your desk and avoiding noting down your credentials on bits of paper scattered about your office. Failure to do so, especially in the medical industry, could lead to a visit from your local medical malpractice attorneys, and that’s definitely something you want to avoid.
Second security flaw:
You have no idea who is entering your facility.
Do you recognise the people who frequent your place of business? While you should know who your workers are, you may not always know who has come to pay you a visit. They may have entered your workplace under the guise of being friends or families of your staff in order to loot from you, whether it’s petty cash or valuable items. They could even be employees of your business competitors, who have broken into your facilities to observe your operations.
You must take security measures to mitigate the threats mentioned above. An intercom-based system is a good place to start, so consider getting one for your building’s entrances. You might also hand out visitor ID cards at the entrance once you’ve established who they are, because if you later spot anyone without one, you’ll have reason to doubt their attendance in your premises.
You should also put security cameras around your building so that if something goes missing, you can find out who is to blame.
If you are careless with your business’s security, you may face financial and reputational consequences. Consider our recommendations, and if you’ve been slacking in any of the areas we’ve discussed, take the required actions to defend your company from harm.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Be safe out there.
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