Workplace security is a hot-button issue. The risks facing offices, retail stores, schools, hospitals, and other institutions have become increasingly complex. There’s far more to worry about than theft alone, as organizations must protect against multiple threats, including violent situations, cybersecurity, and threats to sensitive information stored on physical media.
Safety and security in the 21st century require a multi-pronged approach to keep your people, finances, and data protected.
#1 Photo ID Cards
On-site security starts with identification. PVC ID cards are a straightforward solution. Organizations typically buy a PVC ID card printer that can be programmed from their work computers. From simple cards that provide visual identification to encoded ID cards, they offer multiple levels of security that are easy to set up.
But what are PVC ID cards and how are they used? Simply put, they’re plastic cards that can be used in a variety of ways, either as ID cards that can be slipped into a pocket or wallet or as part of a custom lanyard. They can be checked by security guards or programmed to allow access after swiping or tapping.
PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, a durable and flexible type of plastic that’s great for printing text, photos, and graphics.
#2 On-Premise Surveillance
Video surveillance serves multiple purposes. It protects company property and a company’s employees. Used appropriately, video surveillance can also help managers ensure that safety procedures are being followed and allow maintenance staff to identify equipment that’s operating unsafely.
In a retail setting, cameras can also be used to confirm customer records. For example, if a customer wants to return a product for which they have no receipt, surveillance records can help clarify whether or not the customer really did purchase the item from that store. It can also be used to clarify exchanges between customers and staff.
#3 Online Data Protection
In today’s world, data security is one of the toughest parts of maintaining company security. Every organization, including small businesses, needs a strategy for data protection, especially now that so many companies must incorporate remote workers. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe from cybercrime:
- Use a firewall as your first layer of protection;
- Invest in PC protection and email virus scanners that will make it really simple for employees to identify suspect websites and malware;
- Secure your wireless network;
- Create a clear policy for using personal devices for work and ensure that the right software is being used to protect data;
- Automate software updates.
#4 Paper and Data Disposal
Data protection also requires the thorough destruction of data and information you no longer need. The days when paper shredding was enough to safely dispose of sensitive information are over, and data destruction has evolved. Professional data destruction is the most reliable way to keep your old devices out of the wrong hands.
A workplace security strategy doesn’t just protect company property. It’s also about keeping people safe and developing a strategy for online security.