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Huge Security Mistakes Every Business Must Avoid

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Like most other corporate activities, protecting your business needs effective planning and execution, along with careful management. Unless you make security a priority and commit to making changes that benefit your venture long-term, you risk putting it in harm’s way. Sadly, many entrepreneurs don’t take security as seriously as they should, assuming they won’t be a target. With that in mind, here are six big security mistakes your venture can’t afford to make. 

Leaving The Doors Unlocked

Most business premises have more than one entrance and exit. When you neglect to secure them all, you leave your company exposed to high risks. Anyone could access the building for whatever reason. The more doors you leave open, the higher the chance of unauthorized people getting inside. That is why you must lock every door and only give keys to trusted employees. 

Accepting Cash Payments Only

When you only accept cash payments, all the money you make is kept on the business premises. What’s more, every crook who enters your building would know that, which might encourage them to take it from you. With the credit card payment app on this site, you can accept cashless payments. The more customers pay by card, the less cash you have on-site. 

Having No Screening Policy

We usually assume the threats to our businesses come from an outside source. Sadly, that isn’t always the case. Many data breaches and thefts are carried out by employees of the company being targeted. For this reason, you must have a clear screening policy, which includes a criminal background check. Make sure you also check all past employer references given to you.

Skimping On Staff Training

Even if your employees aren’t criminals, that doesn’t mean they won’t put your business at risk. When training new recruits, you should include security training. Employees should know how to spot suspicious individuals and how to react when they do. They must also be clear on all security policies for the business. If they aren’t, they will make security mistakes of their own. 

Putting Off Software Updates

Software updates can certainly be inconvenient. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Whether it is because of fear of losing functionality or lack of time, putting off a software updates will leave your company vulnerable. That is because updates usually exist to patch up a software issue. Once crooks learn about these vulnerabilities, they won’t wait to exploit them. 

Chasing The Latest Trends

Every organization relies on security, which is why most watch out for new developments or trends. Nonetheless, there is no need for your company to chase every trend that pops up. Many of the most reliable security mechanisms, like encryption, work just as well now as they always have. If a new security tool sounds too good to be true, chances are, it is. 

Protecting your business must always be a priority. The second forget about it, you put everything at risk. Hopefully, with the advice above, you’ll find it easier to keep your venture safe. 

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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