To improve workplace security and safety, you must rely on tools and technologies that support a secure work environment. So, which are the best tools and technologies to create a more pleasant and safe workplace?
Keep reading as we discuss four essential steps to improve the safety and security of your employees and business assets.
Implementing sophisticated access control
Access control is a staple in your security strategy. You must rely on something other than traditional key and lock systems to secure your property, as they will still leave room for lockpicking and forced entry. Not to mention, key and lock systems are challenging to use as a large-scale security solution.
To ensure your building is secure and your work environment is safe and conducive to productivity, you should implement a more sophisticated solution – access control. The most recent development in the access control industry is the introduction of cloud-based access control with mobile-first features.
Cloud-based access control reduces the need for complex wiring systems, allowing you to store all your security data in a cloud-based location. The technology also comes with an over-the-air update capacity, which helps your security provider to update your system remotely without needing to arrange a service engineer visit.
Commercial keyless entry systems provide more convenience for both security staff and employees in security processes. Rather than use a keycard or fob to unlock doors, your employees can use digital keycards stored on their mobile devices. This feature presents the following benefits to your business operations:
- Hygienic contactless entry – your employees can enter the building using Bluetooth communication. If they wave their hands over the access control reader, the device will automatically initiate communication to detect their digital keycard and unlock the door. They can save time in their bags or pockets to retrieve their devices and enter quickly, easily, and conveniently.
- Remote management – since this is a cloud-based solution, your security staff can manage security from anywhere using their mobile devices. On a mobile application, they can lock and unlock doors, check door lock status, and review access logs. This feature makes security management more agile and user-friendly.
- Open API integrations – your security staff can integrate other security tools with your access control solution to ensure that all security data is available on a single interface. And they can implement software integrations to add additional features to your security system, improving ROI.
For the reasons listed above, it is crucial to consider cloud-based and mobile-first access control options when securing your property.
Improving cybersecurity awareness
Creating a secure workplace environment at your company includes ensuring that employee, client, and company data is secure. One of the leading cybersecurity vulnerabilities is the potential for human error. To ensure there are no weak links in your cybersecurity strategy, you should consider implementing cybersecurity awareness training. During this training, you should cover the following essential topics:
- Password management – your employees must create strong and unique passwords across their company accounts to protect company data. You should instruct your employees on your password policies. Suppose you wish to enforce this policy more stringently. In that case, you can invest in a password management solution that will alert employees when their passwords are too weak, unoriginal, or compromised.
- Cyberattacks – you should cover the basics of phishing scams, malware, and ransomware attacks to ensure your employees have the skills to spot and avoid untrustworthy sources on the internet.
- Software – you should establish a software policy that requires all employees to keep their software completely up-to-date. Skipping a software update could compromise your whole system, as vulnerabilities and loopholes could present in older software versions.
Implementing visitor management software
You need accurate records of who has entered your property and at what time. This data will provide immeasurably helpful information in the following scenarios:
- You must evacuate the building and understand how many people are still inside.
- Your company has fallen victim to a security breach, and you need to know who has accessed the building.
In these instances, you need air-tight and reliable data to ensure your workplace is safe. You can automate and digitize visitor management by integrating visitor management software with your access control solution.
Installing surveillance camera systems
Surveillance cameras ensure that your building has evidence of an incident, aiding in insurance claims and police investigations. To ensure your security camera system is manageable and easy to implement, you can opt for a cloud-based security camera system. A cloud-based system does not require complex wiring infrastructure, as it enables Bluetooth connectivity. Additionally, your security staff can view security data from anywhere using a mobile app for agile security response and investigation.
With cloud-based surveillance, you can also mitigate the risk of someone entering the property using stolen access credentials. To spot these incidents, you can integrate your cloud-based surveillance and access control tools – making access logs and video feed available on a single interface. Then, to automate identity verification, you can apply facial recognition software.
Hopefully, this guide has provided you with some information regarding the types of vulnerabilities you must address with your security strategy. To create a safe and secure workplace, you must completely understand potential risks and threats. Consider whether any practices and tools listed above will help reduce vulnerabilities in your existing office security strategy.