Starting a new business can be an exciting prospect. With the right idea, lots of hard work, and let’s face it, a bit of luck, you may find yourself at the helm of a very successful enterprise.
There are so many things to consider – revenue, funding, tax, new business deals: the list goes on and on. It would be all too easy to forget security with all that to think about, but crime is a risk faced by every business owner.
In fact, as a still developing new business, you may more vulnerable to crime than more companies with more assets to fall back on in the event of loss. So be sure to take full stock when considering the risks you may face. A comprehensive survey of your premises and assets is the recommended place to start. At each key location, consider the potential for criminal activity and take corrective action.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
And then there’s cybercrime. With so much business conducted online these days, cyber security could not be more vital. If malicious hackers did gain unauthorised entry to your IT systems, dire consequences could result: they could steal your funds and mission-critical data, copy intellectual property and even hold you to ransom.
So it’s vital to ensure your IT procedures are secure. Here a few points to consider:
Protect yourself and your business by properly analysing the situation and planning for every contingency. Remember the old maxim: forewarned is forearmed!