How to know when it’s time to upgrade your business security system

Often, business security needs become more complex over time. Also, both physical and digital business security technology has been evolving rapidly. Your organization could be relying on outdated solutions and unnecessarily vulnerable to threats.

Let’s take a look at the security risks businesses face today. And how to determine if you should consider upgrading your business security system.

Today’s security threats

Is your business equipped to handle today’s threats? To get an idea for how quickly the security landscape is changing, consider these statistics:

  • When comparing the first six months of 2018 to the first half of 2019, there was a 54 percent increase to publicly disclosed breaches.
  • Sixty-eight percent of businesses say their cybersecurity risks are going up — which is a huge financial threat. The cost of a cyberattack increased by 72 percent from 2013 to 2018.

Even more daunting is the number of opportunities for a data breach, a stolen device, or a malware attack. Today, businesses have to work harder to ensure all entry points are protected because there are more of them. As businesses today rely more on technology, there are simply more devices to protect. One stolen USB drive, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can lead to a major disaster.

The reality is, if your business security system isn’t airtight and up-to-date, there are myriad threats your organization could be vulnerable to.

3 signs it’s time to reassess your business security

Your current security system may appear to meet your needs. The problem is, there could be hidden risks you aren’t aware of because you’re relying on an older system.

If any of the following apply to your organization, it may be time to reassess and update your business security system.

Your business is growing

If you’re hiring more people, that translates to more devices and a greater need for security training and education. It’s important to help your employees keep their devices protected. This reduces the chance of a stolen device or a cyberattack. You may also want to consider implementing a mass notification alert system to alert your growing team when there is an emergency.

If your business is growing, you also may be expanding your physical space. Whether you are opening a new location or expanding your office, ensuring you have adequate video surveillance in place and appropriate access control is critical.

Your security system isn’t doing what you need it to do

Another issue is quality. If you have outdated physical security or you’re not using a proactive cybersecurity solution, not only is your business more vulnerable to cyberattacks and insider threats, but it’s also more likely those threats will go on undetected.

Make sure you have a modern security solution designed to address your organization’s needs. With proper intrusion detection, next-generation firewalls, and more, you can have confidence that your business is protected. If there is an issue, you’ll be alerted with enough time to respond to any threats.

Your employees can’t access your system remotely

From natural disasters to outages, there are times when your employees will need to access your system remotely. You also need to know your data and business apps are safe in the event that your physical servers are damaged or infected. To make sure your business security system is solid, it’s a good idea to consider using a cloud solution as part of your backup and disaster recovery plan.

Future-proofing your business security

Whether your business is growing, relying on outdated solutions, or is still dependent on a fully on-premise system. Now is a good time to evaluate your security system. The stronger your security, the more peace of mind you’ll gain that your business is protected.