As an entrepreneur in Singapore, you will understand the importance of maintaining security to safeguard your employees, information, and property. However, securing your business is no easy task. Unauthorised visitors, intruders, and even your employees may pose a potential threat to your company’s security, all of which require different methods to resolve.
Unfortunately, even the most advanced security system and the best door access system cannot compensate for a single mistake. One tiny slip-up and your entire security system and the safety of your business could be compromised. Therefore, it is crucial for you to understand the costly mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to their security and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Letting higher-level executives bypass security checks
Hey, Bob is the finance manager. Everyone knows Bob, so why not let him access this secure room? I am sure he possesses the necessary security clearance. You would be surprised at how often these situations happen. Who knows? You might be guilty of it too.
After all, when a familiar high-level executive enters the premises, it is easy to let them bypass security and skip the necessary checks, assuming they have the accreditation. However, this constitutes a security breach and could impact your company, especially if employees access information beyond their clearance level.
For your security system and access control measures to work, everyone must follow them diligently, even you, the boss. So avoid ignoring protocols and letting high-level executives skip displaying their security credentials and access off-limit areas without question.
If you notice your staff committing this error, do not brush it off. Provide every employee with the necessary access control credentials (no more, no less) they require to enter the appropriate premises to perform their jobs and ensure they are using them correctly and adhering to the security protocols.
Mistake #2: Failing to understand how your security system works
Many businesses hire professional security services to monitor their security system and premises, which is something we recommend. Nevertheless, it is still imperative for you, as the owner, to understand how your system works. You do not need to be an expert. But it is advisable to have a basic understanding of each component’s functions.
Mistake #3: Forgetting to secure essential areas
Of course, you must secure your entire business premises. However, specific sections of your company require additional layers of security, such as the areas where you store valuable equipment or classified information. To safeguard these areas, we recommend installing a door access system, preferably one that uses a biometric system, to monitor and limit access.
Mistake #4: Failing to provide your employees with the relevant security training
Naturally, your security staff should all be thoroughly trained and briefed on your security system and protocols. After all, they are the first point of contact when a security breach occurs. As such, they must know how to handle anything that comes their way and learn how to operate every aspect of your security system. The more familiar they are, the better their ability to respond to an incident or security breach.
However, this does not mean you should neglect your other employees. They are your first line of defence in preventing issues in the first place. In fact, did you know that a staggering 85% of data breaches are caused by human error? This statistic highlights the importance of training and briefing your employees on the correct security protocols and procedures so that they understand what to do, thus minimising mistakes leading to security breaches.
Mistake #5: Ignoring the windows and perimeter
Even security cameras have blind spots, which can be exploited to sneak past the perimeter of the building. Therefore, you should consider installing motion detectors surrounding the perimeter and sensors at any access point, such as the windows and doors. Once the area or access points are compromised, your security alarm system will trigger, alerting your security personnel to the incident.
We hope you find this information helpful. By paying attention to these mistakes and taking the steps to eliminate them, you can enhance the security of your premises and ensure the safety of your employees and assets.
If you still have concerns about your security measures, do not hesitate to approach Astrol Security. With over 40 years of experience in the field, we can conduct an in-depth assessment of your premises’ security needs and provide relevant solutions. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.