As we ring in a new year, and a new decade, now is the perfect time to take stock and look closely at our business security. Perhaps there is room for improvement; there could be new threats we need to factor in, or maybe we can start to take advantage of newly emerging technologies.

Security is one of the most important considerations for any business, affecting everything from regulatory and insurance compliance to risk management. With this in mind, let’s sum up with four New Year security resolutions for your business.

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1.     I resolve to review our current business security

It’s time to think about how up to date your current business security actually is. When was the last time you made any upgrades? Technology has moved on significantly, even in just the past two years. Smart security, artificial intelligence and all manner of other emerging security trends could all be delivering huge benefits to your business, saving you time and money, boosting your level of protection and reducing your risk.

It may also be a good time to review your security policies and run new risk assessments, especially if anything has changed recently. If you have taken on new staff, expanded your operation, acquired new plant, machinery or equipment, moved to new premises or changed or extended your existing property for example, these are very good reasons for a review, because your risks may have altered.

A great deal of security breaches can be put down to human error where policy changes have not been adequately communicated, so ensure you protect your business by keeping everyone up to date.

2.     I resolve to be aware of what’s going on around me

Comparing your own security measures with those of other businesses is good practice. Can you see anything they are doing that you are not? Look especially at fellow businesses in the local area, because they may have upgraded their security systems in response to specific threats.

Be sure to keep on top of local news too, and join local online business groups. There may be reports of attempted break-ins or thefts. Knowledge is power, and with this in mind you may wish to consult with your security advisers and take steps to prevent the same thing happening to your business.

3.     I resolve to extend our cyber security to physical security

Data protection is crucial for any business, but few focus on physical security when it comes to cyber threats. However, the fact is, research proves that physical security definitely must not be overlooked when it comes to protecting sensitive information.

Data storage devices such as servers, drives and portable technology are open to theft. If personal data is stored on these devices and they are compromised, the GDPR will be breached, which could have serious consequences for your business.

A data related physical security plan and policy such as storing devices in safes when not in use, or transporting them in purpose designed secure cases, will help to protect data by safeguarding the devices it is stored on. These plans and policies are especially important for businesses that embrace remote working so that control is extended outside of the premises.

4.     I resolve to look to the future

As we mentioned, technology is moving at warp speed and as a result the security landscape has changed considerably in just the past few years. It is vital to look to the future when contemplating or reviewing your security measures so that you can benefit from the most robust and pioneering solutions available.

Security drones for example are being used to capture aerial footage of intruders as they attempt an escape, and to monitor crowds so that untoward behaviour can be detected and quickly dealt with. Remote arming uses smart sound and motion sensors to detect whether a premises is empty so that alarms can be deployed automatically or remotely.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a major impact across all areas of technology, with security no exception. Data is being collected and analysed in considerable depth courtesy of smart sensors, making it possible to automate and remotely control a huge scope of security measures. Emergency situation management is one area that is benefiting greatly from IoT.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is significantly improving the quality and accuracy of CCTV recordings with the use of facial recognition, and is highly advantageous when it comes to accurately processing the huge amount of data produced by smart sensors. AI is capable of analysing footage in real time, making it possible to prevent crimes before they happen, or deal with them more efficiently when they do.

New Year, New Security Solutions from Barry Bros Security

With the right approach, a degree of reflection and plenty of forward thinking, and the best advice and guidance, you can ensure your business is well safeguarded as the new decade begins.

For the advice you need backed by several decades of experience and expertise, talk to Barry Bros Security.