ENTREPRENEURSHIP / JAN. 17, 2015
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4 Essential Security Measures for Start-Ups

As a start-up, you’ll have a million and one tasks on your never-ending ‘to do’ list, but there is one more thing that you need to add (and prioritise): security!

Start-ups have it hard enough in the early days, and the last thing you want to have to worry about is having your business compromised due to a lack of security. Therefore, it is essential that security be at the top of your list.

In the following paragraphs we’ll cover a few essential security measures that you should have in place from day one to ensure that your hard work is protected.

1. CCTV

If you are working in a serviced office it is likely that most of the on-site security measures are taken care of, but if not, one of the essential measures that you need to ensure is in place is CCTV.

CCTV has a number of uses, most notably that if you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a crime (perhaps someone decides to break into your shop at night), you’ll have the whole event recorded. This will act as a vital piece of evidence not only in a criminal case but also for insurance companies.

The other main reason that CCTV is essential is that it is a deterrent. The last thing any would-be criminal wants to do is commit a crime if they think there is a chance that they could be caught. A bright CCTV camera staring right at them is bound to make them think twice.

CCTV installation is relatively accessible, so make sure you speak to a firm of experts to help you identify exactly what you need and they will be happy to help.

2. Alarm systems

Alarm systems are another important security measure that you need to have installed on your business premises. Much like with CCTV cameras, if a would-be criminal spots a big yellow alarm box on the front of your building, they will probably think again before they decide to break in, so alarm systems themselves are a fantastic deterrent.

Should someone decide to break into your premises, the alarm will sound immediately and alert people nearby, so the criminals should run pretty sharpish. Furthermore, you can even have managed alarm systems where a company will monitor your system 24/7, and phone the police should the alarm go off.

3. Cyber security

Everything is online these days; businesses rely on email exchange servers to manage their emails and various software packages to aid with day-to-day activities. If the online side of a business was disabled overnight, the company could be brought to its knees. As a result, it is of paramount importance that you take cyber security seriously.

By downloading a file that contains a virus you could corrupt all the files on your network. Therefore you need to have a good anti-virus installed on all computers that access your company’s network. The software will be able to detect any potential threats and delete them before they wreak havoc on your business.

Cyber security goes far beyond anti-virus products, so it is recommended that you think about attending a cyber security course.  This will help to make you aware of potential threats and how you can deal with them.

4. Back up all your files regularly

You will have heard this throughout your life, but it is essential that you back up all your files regularly. If your system is subject to a hack or virus, there is a high chance that your files could be lost forever.

To avoid losing such important information overnight, purchase a hard drive and get into the habit of backing everything up on a weekly or even daily basis.

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