The COVID-19 Presents Several Unique Security Challenges For Businesses
The outbreak of COVID-19 is posing unique challenges to nearly every facet of American business: most U.S. companies must make crucial changes in the areas of staffing, capacity, sanitation, and security. While a lot has been said about the necessary changes to staffing and “social distancing” (a now-ubiquitous term that few of us had heard of until a few months ago), little has been said about the virus’ effect on physical – and digital – security. The unfortunate truth is that the coronavirus outbreak is making it much more difficult for companies to maintain previous levels of security. Budget cuts, staff cuts (including cuts to security staff), and reduced hours mean increased security risk. Here is how some companies are adapting.
This unique situation presents a good opportunity for companies to assess the state of their security system. Many businesses are using the extra time they have on their hands to perform thorough security audits. Many companies that have done so found glaring security risks that existed even before the COVID-19 outbreak. At minimum, a security audit should assess the following areas:
- Security risks (both external and internal)
- Staffing issues
- Functionality of security technology
By assessing and addressing issues in these key areas, companies can become more secure. Note that a technology audit should include thorough testing of all security equipment. Updates should be made as needed.
The COVID-19 outbreak has underscored the importance of business alarm monitoring. Many businesses that were open, or at least staffed, 24 hours a day have had to reduce hours dramatically. Criminals know this and are taking advantage of it.
A sound business alarm monitoring system will reduce these crimes of opportunity. Businesses that lack such a system should invest in one immediately.
Companies that have business alarm monitoring equipment should test that equipment regularly, making any required updates as soon as possible. Successful businesses think of this added expense as an investment in their security.
The COVID-19 has also underscored the need for enhanced cybersecurity, as cyberattacks have spiked in recent months. There are several reasons for this increase in cyberattacks. For one, web traffic has increased as more people are shopping, interacting, and conducting business online. Opportunistic criminals are taking advantage of this spike in web traffic. Secondly, more Americans are working remotely than ever before. As a result, American businesses are having a harder time monitoring and filtering internet access. The day-to-day safeguards that protect companies and their employees from cyberattacks have become more difficult to implement. That is why many businesses are choosing to outsource cybersecurity to third parties.
No one knows how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last. One thing is for certain: the security improvements that are emerging as a result of the pandemic will continue to benefit companies long after the virus has dissipated. Increased security will help Amerian businesses prepare for any future threat.