How attractive is your business to criminals? PROFIT asked security specialist Brent MacLean, CEO of Toronto-based J.B. MacLean Consulting Inc., to share the key questions he poses to determine a firm’s risk level.
• What type of business is it and what does it deal with day to day?
Companies that produce valuable goods, handle sensitive customer information such as credit-card numbers or use high-end computers, printers or other electronic equipment are prime targets for thieves.
• Are there cash or other valuables on-site?
Jewelry and paper money are like catnip for burglars. Be sure to lock down your valuables after hours. Better yet, store them at a secure off-site location.
• How many workstations are there?
Thieves love volume when they rob a workplace, so the more workstations you have, the more they can steal. Lock them down and perform daily data backups (preferably to an offsite location) to ensure business continuity in case of a physical or online breach.
• Do staff carry data outside your offices?
Valuable information is potentially at risk every time an employee heads out the door carrying a laptop or mobile device. Be sure the information is encrypted on every storage device—including memory sticks, which can hold a staggering amount of data. And warn your employees of the risk of using unsecured wireless networks in public places, which creates an opening for thieves to steal your data or hack into your network.