There is a lot of talk about the importance for small businesses to have a good cybersecurity system, but that’s only one part of your organization’s security setup. You need to have a good physical security system as well to protect your office, your people and your valuable assets, which include your data and intellectual property. The right physical security can also improve your cybersecurity. Good physical security begins with the right equipment. This article details the security tools that every small business should consider installing.
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Properly securing your business prevents unauthorized access, reducing the chances of costly physical or data theft. The latter could lead to lawsuits from customers whose information has been accessed without their consent. That’s important: Even though your business didn’t steal the data, you’re still liable for the theft. With small business security equipment, you can feel more at ease about this concern.
Some small business security equipment can also detect potentially physically damaging events, such as water intrusion and fires, and alert you. This way, you can take care of these situations before they cause serious damage.
Small business security systems protect your business from property and data theft, and can alert you to fires and water intrusion.
To properly secure your business, you’ll need four main types of equipment: security cameras, security systems, keyless lock systems and lighting systems.
There’s a multitude of security camera options out there (see our best picks for surveillance cameras), so how do you choose the best camera for your business? It begins with understanding the goal of your surveillance system. Here are some good questions to get you started:
Thanks to advances in technology and internet connectivity, there is a security camera available to fit virtually any budget or installation skill level. You can go as small as a hidden camera that can be monitored in real time on an employee’s computer or as big as a pan-tilt-zoom camera that can automatically detect moving objects and then record in high definition.
If staying within a small budget is important for your business, then personal security cameras that cost a few hundred dollars should do the trick. Business security cameras, on the other hand, may run into the upper hundreds per camera and require several cameras for full functionality.
These are some great options for business security cameras:
You could handle a small security camera setup alone, but you may want to investigate installing a more sophisticated security system through a third-party company. Security systems will include multiple camera installations, as well as options like door alarms, motion sensors and intrusion detectors. Most security systems work with Wi-Fi, which will require you to have a high-speed, high-quality internet connection. Because you are working with an outside company, someone else will handle installation. You can also arrange for the company to monitor your system.
Depending on which company you decide to partner with, you can choose what your security systems will monitor. Intrusion detectors can be passive (alerting someone about the intrusion and logging the information) or active (sending an alert, but also changing the environment to stop the attack, such as setting off a siren). Alarm monitors can cover just entryways or include windows and interior doors. The bottom line with security systems is that they can be designed to fit your needs and your budget. Intrusion detectors, door alarms and motion sensors can be used as part of a well-rounded security system or as standalone pieces of security equipment.
Installing a business security system typically involves a one-time expense in the low thousands of dollars. If you add professional monitoring into the mix, you could be looking at just under $100 per month in fees as well.
These are some companies that provide renowned business security systems:
More small businesses are relying on keyless lock systems to secure their office suites. There are three types of keyless systems: mechanical, electronic and biometric.
There are also options that act as multifactor authentication, where a keypad is used in combination with a biometric or a badge scan.
On average, professional keyless lock installation costs $300.
These are some highly trusted access control companies that offer keyless locks:
Many keyless lock manufacturers offer comprehensive business access control systems as well. You can use these systems to control who can and can’t access the most sensitive parts of your business facilities.
Good lighting systems are a must for office security, as a well-lit area often deters crime. However, leaving the lights on all the time can be expensive and wasteful. Instead, motion-activated lights that turn on automatically during preset hours will provide lighting only when needed and for a certain amount of time after the motion has stopped. They can also be set up with security cameras and work both indoors and outdoors.
Having the security equipment installed is only one piece of your overall protection needs. Security experts also advise conducting regular audits to ensure that your security set up is working and to see where you have any weaknesses.
Each fixture within your lighting system will likely cost $20 to $80.
These motion-sensing floodlights could be great fits for your business:
Max Freedman contributed to the writing and research in this article.