How to Assess Your Business Security Needs

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. From managing employees to providing excellent customer service, there are many moving parts to keep track of. But one thing you can’t afford to neglect is the security of your business data. Talon can help you develop an augmented plan by assessing your needs. Keep reading to learn more.

Assessing Your Business Security Needs

What Are Your Critical Business Assets?

The first step in assessing your business security is inventorying your critical business assets. These things keep your business running, so it’s important to protect them at all costs. Additionally, you’ll want to consider which assets are most vulnerable to theft or damage. Here are some examples of critical business assets: 

  • Human resources: employee records, contact information, etc. 
  • Financial information: accounting records, tax returns, etc. 
  • Intellectual property: trade secrets, patents, copyrights, etc. 
  • Physical assets: inventory, equipment, furniture, etc. 
  • Reputation: online reviews, social media presence, etc. 

Physical Walkthrough of Your Whole Business

Take note of any physical security measures already in place, such as locks on doors and windows, cameras, and alarm systems. You should also pay attention to any potential weak spots in your physical security, such as unlocked doors or windows, blind spots in camera coverage, or areas where intruders could easily climb or jump over barriers. By taking inventory of your existing security measures and potential weak spots, you can develop a plan for fortifying your physical security. 

Identify Threats/Vulnerabilities

With more and more businesses moving their operations online, it’s more important than ever to protect your digital data from hackers and cybercriminals. Here are some common cyber threats and vulnerabilities to be aware of.

  • Phishing attacks: fraudulent emails or websites that trick users into entering sensitive personal or financial information. 90% of phishing attacks resulted in a security threat.
  • Malware: malicious software that can infect computers and devices without the user’s knowledge.
  • Ransomware: malware that encrypts files and demands a ransom be paid for the files to be decrypted.

Rank Security Needs based on Priority Level

After identifying physical and cyber risks and vulnerabilities, rank those needs based on priority level. This will help you and your security team determine which risks need immediate attention and which can be addressed later. Consider both the likelihood of an incident occurring as well as the potential impact if an incident did occur

Develop a Comprehensive Security Plan

Talon Premier Security is a private contractor located in the greater Twin Cities metro area. We bring personable, individualized services to clients in a complex market with various threats and vulnerabilities. Developing a comprehensive plan that addresses physical and cyber threats is our specialty.
Additionally, all our agents and officers are security professionals who have received extensive training in both the technical use of firearms and de-escalation training. Client needs and preferences are our highest priority, so we aim to provide the highest level of security possible. Contact us to get started: