Crucial issues about workplace security awareness you must know

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Who is suitable for workplace security training?

A program would be beneficial to any company, irrespective of its size and main activity. However, real life incidents show that small companies are in a high-risk group for any sort of attack. The reason for that is lack of the infrastructure available at large corporations (like staff members or budgets allocated to security issues, etc.). Many small business owners are confident that  burglars and hackers target large corporations and remain blissfully unaware of the fact that the majority of cyberattacks are aimed at small companies. According to a report, small business are the most vulnerable to fraud too.

‍‍According to the 2016 State of SMB Cybersecurity report, 14 million hacker attacks in the USA were aimed at small business

Workplace security awareness and physical security

Unauthorized access and security is the most common threat that any organization might face. Sometimes an unescorted visitor may be less dangerous to a company than a fraudulent worker who has access to sensitive information. Loss or leakage of data may bring financial damage, disclosure of confidential information or identity theft.  

Therefore, it is important to set up a policy pertaining to access control as part of a security awareness program.

Think about the following:

  • How are entrances and doors are controlled?
  • How can a visitor be identified?
  • How many staff members have access to confidential information?
  • Is there a need for a sophisticated security system or can you do with general access cards?
Many companies have round-the-clock CCTV Monitoring

Should your employees have access control of different level depending on their role in the company?

  • Do employees know how to react in case of a dangerous situation (like break-in, loitering, etc.?)

These questions should help you improve your physical security, create an access control policy that every employee should be made aware of thanks to a workplace security training.

What will you gain after implementing a security awareness program?

By adopting in a security awareness program  you:

  • will become conscious of the physical and cyber-dangers
  • analyze possible threats
  • identify your company’s weak spots and work towards eliminating them
  • create a culture of security within the organization
  • choose a proactive rather than reactive approach to security

It is worth to remember that workplace security awareness is an ongoing process. First you have to create internal procedure, set up company security as well as control policies and then adapt them depending on a situation and as possible threats change.

Although it is hard to predict and foresee every possible threat, companies that implement a workplace security training increase their chances of protecting physical assets, employees and customer data if a dangerous situation arises. By establishing a culture of security awareness  you also teach employees that security is a shared responsibility.

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