Office Security for The Modern Business

By Bernhard Mehl
March 15, 2018

Offices are easy targets for theft, unlawful entry, kidnapping and any criminal threats. Effective barriers and defences can reduce the likelihood for such criminal threats.

But most people are unsure of how they should go about protecting and defending their offices. They are unsure of what kind of security protocols and standards that should be in set in place for their offices.

And even if they think their office is secure (Read: How Secure Is Your Office?),  there are still thousands of unreported cases of office break-ins. Businesses don’t share their break-in stories publicly as it makes them appear vulnerable. Not only do security breaches create potential for a PR nightmare, you also lose your information, equipment ($$$) and peace of mind.

Prevention is always better than a cure.

Here are 5 major aspects that you may have missed in ensuring top security standards and protocolsfor your office:

1. Do you have a proper office security infrastructure in place?

For example, do you have locked access point to get in the office; is your door locked during the day where everyone needs a key to get in? Is there camera monitoring and recording occurrences at the door?

2. Do you have policies for people management in place?

Have you considered placing policies to handle registered Visitors? For example, an NDA signed by all visitors. Policy such as handling unregistered visitors is also useful. There ought to be routine for employee on and off boarding and policies to handle recurring visitors and exchange employees.

3. Are there proper standards and routines?

Access control system maintenance should be set in place where there are monthly or quarterly testing on electrified doors. Your NVR video servers should also be up to programming standards, where you can test and analyze your system regularly plus set access level audits.

4. Do you ensure regular office checks and monitoring?

For maximum office security, you should always ensure regular monitoring and checks on your systems. Make sure there is sufficient monitoring of all entry and exit points. Moreover, there should be notifications for forced open door, where these notifications are real-time and can give instant alarms.

5.   Do you ensure building risk assessment?

Are your electrical equipment wired correctly? Do you have backup batteries for sudden power shut down days? Additionally, are there local emergency response capabilities near your office building? And is your building neighbourhood prone to crimes? To prevent such risks, you can always ensure your windows and glass doors have break-glass sensors and vandal resistant safety film.

You can avoid security breaches from happening by ensuring your office is secure.

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.

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