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Keeping Your Business Safe in 2018

Keeping your business safe in the modern age can be tough.

The internet, in particular, has made it easier than ever to market your company and sell items to customers. At the same time, the internet brings new security risks to businesses with every passing day. It can feel as if you’re constantly racing to fortify your company and keep it safe from all potential threats. If you’re feeling a little lost then here are the main safety aspects your business should focus on in 2018.

Data Security

This is absolutely vital. Paper is becoming redundant in the digital world of today. Of course, whilst it’s safer to backup information digitally in many different locations, digital data is vulnerable to other kinds of risk. Basic things such as passwords are a necessity; make sure files that are highly sensitive to your business are encrypted and can’t be amended. Additionally, you need to make sure that your employees are well-trained in data security. They need to know how to spot phishing scams and any other potential attempts to infiltrate your company’s security system to access important data.

Employee and Client Checks

You should check every employee thoroughly before hiring them. If you want to reduce the risk of problematic situations developing within your company (e.g. as discussed in the previous point, data theft) then you need to make sure you conduct background checks on all potential candidates applying for any new position at your business. You need to make sure that there’s nothing in the person’s history that might create an unsafe business environment for you, your members of staff, or even your customers. The same goes for any existing employees who seem problematic.

Another important aspect of business safety in 2018 is client checks. It’s important that you know who’s interacting with your company if you want to keep it secure. You might want to look into software that can help you with KYC (Know Your Customer) checks. KYC requirements state that a business must be able to identify and assess clients which might pose a risk to the company. We talked about data security in the previous point, but this takes your business’ protection to the next level; if you can confirm the identity of customers then your company will be protected against fraudsters.

Office Safety

If you want to keep your business safe then office safety is always crucial. Make sure you regularly arrange fire drills so that your members of staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. And if you have a warehouse then it’s important to regularly train your employees to make sure that they work safely. CCTV is also vital to office safety. It’s not just about having evidence of any criminal activity on the premises but also preventing such activity from occurring in the first place. The sight of a CCTV camera outside a building acts as a deterrent to anyone who might potentially try to break in or damage the property.

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