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Is Your Business Physically Secure?

Posted on 2/10/2017 9:08:05 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian
Category: Security & Compliance

Recently, you’ve heard me talk a lot about cyber security and how to protect yourselves from becoming victims of attack. For this particular post, I’m going to reiterate the importance of physical security. Although, it may seem like a no brainer to many people, it’s shocking how many organizations are not physically secure.

Here are a few imperative tips to help keep your business secure:

  1. Network Security – It’s a necessity to secure your network and local access points. Many wireless networks are left wide open, without any sort of network name or password, allowing visitors to gather all traffic and record sensitive information just by sitting in your building or in a location nearby. Activate encryption on Wi-Fi networks to avoid intrusion. Change internal WiFi passwords often or use Active Directory authentication
  2. Device Encryption – It’s vital that your technology team encrypt all mobile devices and sensitive files. Modern mobile devices come with encryption built in, so utilize this option. When possible, set these devices with remote wipe capabilities and enforce local wipe after a set number of unsuccessful lock attempts.
  3. Physical Security – It’s extremely important that your organization enforces and creates a secure office location. Locked building and doors, access to secure computing areas are controlled and audited. Servers are in a secure location that only appropriate personnel have access to. Do not allow network jacks in public areas connect to the internal network. Ask unescorted visitors what they are doing.
  4. Laptop/Desktop Security – User awareness is the most important aspect of laptop/desktop security. Often you can’t be 100% certain who is coming in and out of the office and wandering eyes aren’t out of the realm of possibility. Get into the habit of locking your computer, mobile or any other device. Locking your computer while you’re away will help protect confidential information or other sensitive data.

IT security does not have to be confusing or something only large companies can afford. Businesses of all sizes need to build their information security program now, and a quality Managed Security Service from an experienced provider is an affordable way of doing that. If you do not feel as though you have a strong understanding of your IT security, then perhaps it’s time for a conversation with our team of security experts.