Keeping Your Most Valuable Small Business Assets Safe With High-Tech Options

The people and materials in the office of your small business deserve the same security as in larger corporations. Your staff needs to feel safe coming into and leaving the building, as well as when working at their desks. Sensitive business information needs to be safe from the wrong hands. It's time to review your business' security procedures and make sure that everyone and everything is safe.

The following technologies will make sure your security efforts are successful:

Controlling Access to Physical Space

A walk-through of your building with a commercial locksmith may be an eye-opener as they point out the ways in which people could access areas that are restricted. They can recommend a variety of electronic locks that help control who has access to your space.

Card keys - This can be a credit-card sized piece of plastic, or smaller, that is swiped through a card reader, or waved by a near-field device reader. The system verifies the card and determines if the holder has authorized access. While convenient, cards can be lost or stolen, or handed to other people to allow access.

Digital keypads - Everyone who needs access to a space gets a unique code that they key in. The code is verified and access is given if authorized for that space. While a benefit over card keys in that there is nothing to get misplaced, people can give their codes out to others for access.

Biometric locks - Fingerprint scanning and recognition can be used in locks to guarantee that access cannot be given out to someone unauthorized. This technology is still expensive but may be the best option for a space such as a data center that contains highly sensitive client or business information.

Monitoring and Deterrence

You may wish to keep watch on areas of your office for unauthorized activity. High-tech locks prevent physical access, but monitoring systems will still record attempts to break in.

Digital surveillance cameras - These devices are connected to a system that can be configured to periodically take snapshots of an area, or record streaming images. They can include motion sensors that trigger the start of the recording when someone appears in the area.

Network surveillance cameras - Digital recording devices can be set up that connect to your internal network. You can monitor these devices from your smartphone or tablet. With a secure connection, you can monitor areas of your office while on the road or out of town.

Attended security cameras - It's difficult to capture real-time break-in attempts with the above options, unless you happen to be watching at the time the event occurs. You can use an outside security service to constantly monitor cameras for you and alert you or your security team of any suspicious activity.

When weighing the cost of adding security to your office, consider the damage to your business should a theft of sensitive information occur or an employee is hurt by an intruder. The additional security in your office may save your company from appreciable financial and public relations damage. To learn more, contact a company like Anderson Lock & Safe, LLC with any questions or concerns you have.