As we close the book on 2020, we’re thankful for some of the positive things that happened over the past 12 months. We weathered unprecedented challenges together, we gained a new appreciation for our local community, and many people realized the importance of supporting small businesses and the people who keep them alive.
It was also a year of learning, especially in the security business. Our heroic frontline team rose to the challenge of fulfilling their roles while also becoming experts in other incredibly 2020 tasks like sanitizing shopping carts, monitoring lines outside of stores, and helping to maintain social distancing guidelines. As we start to think of a return to normality in 2021, what better time to look at improving your security?
Obviously, we recommend working with Blackbird Security as your number one resolution for the year ahead, but we also wanted to share four simple security resolutions to put your business on a secure footing in 2021 and beyond.
Keep COVID in Mind
We understand it’s the last thing people want to hear, but in the short term at least COVID-19 is here to stay. Canada is slowly ramping up the national vaccination program, but until we make serious progress, we’re going to have to continue distancing, focusing on sanitizing, and keeping a reduced capacity at businesses. The extra money that’s been invested in areas like security and staffing will continue through at least the first half of 2021.
Book a Security Audit
A security audit involves an outside company coming in (typically a security business) and looking at every aspect of your business to unearth potential weaknesses. They will recommend policies or processes you can put in place to tighten up your security, before ensuring your team are effectively trained in following them. Interested in booking a security audit for your business? Blackbird Security are the team to call.
Watch Your Logins
Depending on the nature of your business, it’s likely team members have been working from home since March. This has led to a slow degradation in standards in IT security across the board. Cyber crime is exploding across Canada and now is the time to take stock. In order to be sure your systems aren’t compromised, turn on two-factor authentication for every online and app account your team uses. Two-factor authentication works by preventing new devices from logging into your accounts without being authorized via another means.
Revisit/Create an Incident Response Plan
Every business, no matter the size, should have an incident response plan. 2020 demonstrably showed things have the potential to go sideways quickly. If your business or property is struck by an unforeseen circumstance, will you have a plan in place to account for it? Depending on where you are in Canada, your business will face different threats. In BC, storms, earthquakes or wildfires could leave a business quickly having to close. In other parts of Canada, blizzards can leave staff stranded. It pays to be prepared. Having a business continuation document is essential.
Let Blackbird Security Help
Need assistance taking your internal security to the next level? Blackbird Security are Western Canada’s fastest growing security business. Contact us and we will be happy to help.