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How to prevent security breaches from the inside

When you think about the sheer number of external security threats your business faces, it is easy to forget about internal perils and dangers. A lot of the time, security breaches come from within an organisation and may be the result of an “insider job.”

Although most companies will subject new members of staff to in-depth interviews and carry out various background checks, you can never be too careful.

Key Patrol is a security company that specialises in protecting businesses from external intruders, but we know an ever-present threat exists from internal sources too. Therefore, here is how to prevent security breaches from the inside.

Change passwords and codes regularly

Changing and having to remember new passwords and codes might be a bit annoying, but it is highly advisable to keep internal security threats at bay. Try to change things like alarm codes and computer passwords every six months to ensure the business premises and important data is inaccessible and unattainable.

By updating these security measures regularly, you ensure that only trusted employees have control over the company’s most value assets. You can speak to us about the technical aspects of changing alarm codes or your IT department regarding regular password reminders.

Disable access for ex-employees

Regardless of whether it was their choice or not, you’re bound to have members of staff leaving the business every now and again. However, failing to disable access for ex-employees can be incredibly dangerous from a security perspective.

If they are still able to access email accounts or the local intranet, scores of sensitive documents are at risk. On top of that, they may still know alarm codes or have a card to enter the premises. So have a system in place to disable access for every member of staff that no longer works for the organisation.

Provide different passwords and codes for different people

This might be a bit tricky to implement, but it is a rather foolproof way of knowing who gained access to the building or premises when an incident takes place. With different passwords and codes assigned to different people, you can simply look at your records and see who was responsible.

The only problem with this is that intruders may have somehow gained access or stolen a member of staff’s security code or password. This might be an existing employee or anonymous individual, so don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.

Establish a circle of trust

You are no doubt aware that business clients and everyday consumers must trust your company if they are to strike a deal or make a purchase. However, the same goes for your workforce when it comes to internal security.

Therefore, try and establish a circle of trust between a small group of team members. These should be the individuals that need to know about things like alarm codes. Be certain that information does not go beyond this team and limit the amount of people who have access to security measures such as passwords.

For more advice, contact us right here at Key Patrol, a security company that provides keyholding and alarm response services as well as helpful assistance and guidance whenever needed!