Protect Your Security System From Digital Threats

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Installing an electronic security system is the first great step in protecting your employees and assets from physical threats. Securing that system against unexpected digital threats is the next. Unfortunately, 43% of small businesses are the victims of targeted cyber-attacks. These common security system threats include CCTV hackers, ransomware, viruses, spyware, phishing, and more. That’s why it’s so important to purchase and install a quality security system from professionals you can trust. They can help you upgrade your business’s protection and help you maintain its effectiveness against physical and virtual threats. 

Common Digital Security Risks:

Your digital security system is connected to your internet, which means that everything- not just company software and email- is at risk of intrusion. Your electronic security systems, including external and internal video surveillance, sensors and alarms, keyless entry points, access control, common smart devices, and so on are all contributing to a mountain of data your business collects each day. Data that sells. Here are small signs that can clue you into a potential security system breach:  

  • Your security cameras are repositioned. There’s lots of valuable information that can be gained from CCTV breaches. Most commonly, adjusting camera angles can help hackers track daily schedules, like when you arrive, leave, or what periods of time the building is unoccupied. Further, surveillance footage could easily go missing or be altered.
  • You notice surges in network traffic. Some routers have tools to monitor network usage. If you notice spikes in activity that do not make sense, like in the middle of the night or during non-working hours, this could be a sign of intrusion.
  • You notice suspicious login activity. This could be an increase in failed login attempts or a questionable login history. Just like walking through an unlocked door, hackers can easily log in with a weak password and cracks in cyber security. Login activity is especially easy to miss if you monitor your security devices through an app or stay logged in constantly. 
  • Your password has changed without your knowledge or permission. Once in, hackers can easily change passwords or permissions, collecting sensitive information while invoking malicious activity, such as ransomware or killware. In 2021, the average ransomware payout by a mid-sized organization was $170,404.
  • You are experiencing general issues across a few devices. While it may be easier to keep track of interconnected systems, that also means it’s also easier for intruders to locate your vulnerabilities. This is why it’s very important to utilize strong, varied passwords for different devices. 

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How To Prevent Online Threats From Breaching You:

Without active prevention, viruses, hackers, and other malicious threats can easily gain access through cracks in your security. Most electronic security systems are interconnected, making it easier for cyber threats to remotely manage, control, sell, or ransom your sensitive business information. Here are some fundamental, preventative steps you can take to thwart these common digital security risks:

  • Change the default password to a strong, secure password. This includes passcodes for smart locks, security apps, cameras, and any and all software. Avoid passwords that hint at personal information. Instead, find a reliable password generator to help create your codes, and store them in a safe place. 
  • Enable encryption. Always always always. Doing so will enhance security in the face of unauthorized access.  
  • Update firmware regularly. Continue to upgrade or install updates as they are released to ensure your security is at the top of its game.
  • Enable two-factor authentication. 99.9% of accounts get hacked because of one single reason – they did not make use of multi-factor authentication. It may be a hassle at times, but it’s invaluable.
  • Set permissions. If you’ve already set them, check permissions quarterly, or when big changes occur with the business.
  • Hire a professional to do the installation. An experienced business security specialist can install your unique security system properly, answer any questions you may have, teach you to properly protect the technology, and remain a point of contact for you. 
  • Consider keeping some areas device-free. Evaluate when privacy is most important for you and your business, and always consider the potential digital threat that additional security can bring. In some instances, it may be smarter to protect privacy by not inviting a problem in. 

Security System Solutions With A&B Security

Today, business owners have so much to worry about when it comes to their security. From wayward employees to natural disasters, to physical security breaches. If you haven’t already, now add the increasing threat of cyber attacks to that ever-growing list. Consider A&B Security a name you can trust when it comes to proper installation and education of your electronic security systems. We can help you secure your business and prevent common digital security risks. Reach out today to speak with a professional!