Small Business Security Checklist

Most small businesses work with a tight budget and profit margin. This makes it even more important for small businesses to protect their company. Here is a quick checklist to make sure your small business is protected and to help prevent unnecessary losses.

PHYSICAL SECURITY

It is not always obvious what you can do to improve building security. That is why a building security checklist should be part of every small business, to make sure your store is protected from all angles.

Here are a few things you should consider as part of your security checklist. Depending on your store’s location and layout, you should add more to this list:

EXTERIOR DOORS AND WINDOWS

  • Exterior doors are locked and are made of solid hardwood or metal.
  • All entry points have a sturdy deadbolt lock and the keys to the lock are with a trusted manager or employee, not stored under a doormat or in a mailbox.
  • Consider using keyless entry. Not only is it a secure way to keep your business safe it also helps you identify who is opening or closing the store.
  • If there is any glass close to or near your doors, it is reinforced so it cannot be shattered.
  • Every window that can be opened has a lock or is securely pinned.

OUTDOOR SECURITY

  • Shrubs or bushes near your business are trimmed so there is no place for someone to hide.
  • Back or side entrances are well lit with bright working lights. Floodlights are used appropriately to ensure effective illumination around your building.
  • Outdoor lights are enabled using a timer or a motion sensor, no matter if the business is open or not.
  • The building or office number is clearly displayed and viewable from the street so first responders can easily locate your company if anything does happen.

INTERIOR SECURITY

  • Exit signs are properly lit.
  • Fire extinguishers are inspected and charged.
  • Emergency exits are accessible and not blocked.

SECURITY MONITORING

  • Surveillance cameras are operating properly and there are no dead zones (areas that are not being recorded) in your store.
  • Footage is recorded and stored properly offsite and archived at least once a month.

CYBER SECURITY

Your physical security checklist keeps your office or storefront safe, but if you are like most companies, the most valuable things you have are stored on your computers and shared networks. Customer’s personal information, billing details, and private information are just as important to protect as your physical store, and they deserve their own cyber security checklist:

MULTI-LEVEL SECURITY

  • A firewall is installed on your network.
  • Antivirus software is set up on all devices connected to the network and a password is required for access.

NETWORK OPERATIONS

  • All firewalls, virus protection, or other forms of computer security software are updated at least once a week.
  • Operating system updates are installed as soon as they are available.
  • Key programs and applications, like web browsers or content management systems, are updated weekly.
  • A record including users and their network permissions is updated at least once a month.
  • Use separate guest and corporate networks.

MOBILE DEVICES

  • Identify all devices that touch your network, and who the owners of those devices are.
  • Clarify security elements with devices that have access to your network.

PASSWORDS

  • Change passwords at least once a month and never reuse them.
  • Require passwords to be strong with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols, rather than weak passwords that are easily guessable or short.
  • Implement multi-factor authentication to allow extra account protection.
  • Require password changes when data breaches occur.
  • Require different passwords for every account and program, even if used by the same employee.

BOYD & ASSOCIATES HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES

Small business security does not need to be complicated. At Boyd & Associates, we offer automation options to make securing your business a breeze. We even offer services such as video verification with live operators standing by to notify police the moment any suspicious activity occurs and, smart business automation that sends notifications right to your phone.

Tackling small business security by yourself should not have to feel overwhelming. Secure your business with Boyd & Associates and find out how we can help your business be safe from both physical and cyber threats.

How Smart Security Systems Can Help Homeowners and Businesses To Deal With The COVID-19 Crisis


It seems like the world changed overnight with the Coronavirus disease outbreak. People are worried about the health concerns that come with the COVID-19 virus. Governments are issuing stay-at-home orders and businesses are closing their doors as we try to mitigate the damage that the outbreak can have.


Right here in California, we see considerable changes to everyday life, and people are doing their best to adjust. For many of us, the Coronavirus and the measures taken to fight it have given rise to issues that we never even considered.


How to Keep Homes and Businesses Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic?

 


While a smart home security system might not be an answer to all of your problems, we are starting to see some of the ways home alarm systems and automation technology can make it easier for people to deal with some of these problems caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Being one of the leading alarm companies in California, the team from Boyd & Associates would like to take a moment to look at some of the ways smart security systems can make your life easier and help you to stay safe and protect yourself from Coronavirus outbreak.


1. Protecting Your Home When You Work Long Hours


While many people are staying home from work as a result of government restrictions, some people are finding that they are working more hours to help the country and local communities deal with the crisis. This includes healthcare workers and those who work in logistics, among others.


Working long hours under high-stress conditions is hard enough, but the problem is complicated when you have to worry about home security.  However, a smart home security system can protect your home while you are at work. With 24/7 monitoring, you know that someone is always there to watch the signals and dispatch emergency services if there is a problem. Many of these systems even have smartphone apps that can send you alerts if there are any troubles.


2. Keeping an Eye on Your Pets


One of the biggest worries for many of these healthcare workers is that they have pets, and they can’t be there to care for them and to watch out for them. With a smart home security system, you can integrate home security cameras that will allow you to watch your pets to make sure they are ok. All you have to do is open the smartphone app, and you can use the cameras to check on your pets whenever you need to.


Your home alarm system can also protect your pets in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak. With integrated devices like smoke detectors and CO detectors, you can rest assured that the fire department will come in the event of a fire. If your CO detector goes off, you can contact a friend or neighbor to take care of your pets and make sure they are safe.


3. Make it Easy to Work With Pet Care Professionals


With so many hours on the job, there is a good chance that you may not be available to feed your pet or to take your dog for a walk when it is needed. Maybe you can get a family member to help you out and take care of your pets, but you might need to hire a pet sitter or a dog walker.


With a smart security system for home, it is easier to provide access to your home so the pet sitter or walker can take care of your pet. You can give this person a temporary code to disarm the system when they come over. If you have smart locks, you don’t even need to provide the person with a physical key. You can provide them with a temporary access code that allows access at the scheduled time of the walk or feeding.


4. Protecting Businesses When They are Closed


A lot of businesses have to shut down as a result of orders from state and local governments for the Coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, your business location is still there and can even be subject to any number of crimes. This might lead some small business owners to want to go out every day to check on their businesses, but this could violate different restrictions, and it could increase your risk of Coronavirus infection.


If you have a business security camera systems installed, you can rest assured that your business is monitoring 24/7, and you can even keep an eye on things without having to leave the house. Just go to your laptop or open your phone, and you can check the wireless outdoor security cameras to see what is going on at your business location. You can even set up notifications to alert you to different types of alarm activity at your business.


5. Safer Home Deliveries


Many of us are staying home to avoid infection and to do our part to help flatten the COVID-19 infection rate curve. However, we still need food and other necessities. Going to the store is one option, but many of us are taking advantage of delivery services to get the things we need. While this does reduce our exposure to other people and public spaces, you do still have to deal with the delivery person.


This is another way your home security system can improve your safety. With a doorbell video camera, you can talk to the delivery person without having to open the door.


If you have already paid with your credit card, you can tell the delivery person to leave your goods by the door, and you will get them after they leave. If you have smart locks or a smart garage door opener, you could even provide the person with access that will allow them to drop the delivery off inside without you having to be at the door.


6. Helping Your Loved Ones


Many of us have loved ones who are in high-risk groups. With the continued spread of the Coronavirus in California, we worry about these people, and we want to go to see if they are ok. However, we know that it would increase the risk for you and for the person you are trying to protect.


If your loved one were to have a smart security system, you could get peace of mind knowing they are safe. As long as they allow you access to the system, you could check on them with the indoor home security cameras. You could also provide them with a wireless health emergency button. If they start to feel ill and need help, they need to push the button, and emergency medical services will dispatch.


Following CDC COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines


This is a difficult time for us all, but it is something we will get through. If you are concerned about the safety of your homes or businesses, contact Boyd & Associates today.


We are open and still providing alarm monitoring and security services to our Southern California homeowners and business clients, and we are following the recommendations of the CDC to maintain safe working practices for our staff and our clients. We look forward to continuing to support our communities in the safest way possible.

Helpful Tips For Protecting Your Small Business During A Mandated Shutdown


We’re facing an unprecedented situation that’s evolving hour by hour. To say the least, it’s a difficult time to own a business. Small or local business owners may be encountering particularly stressful and unique challenges.  We provide security to many small business owners, including those who are required by the government to shut down during this emergency. Investing in small business security is always the smart choice for many reasons, but we recognize that taking the necessary steps to protect your livelihood has never been more important.
As you continue to respond and adapt, we want to help you discover new and manageable ways to keep your business safe while the doors are closed.


Take action to help secure your small business


Our security experts at Boyd & Associates offer these 10 tips for securing your small business during this challenging time.


1. Secure valuable items and equipment out of sight or in an alternate location creating less temptation for a burglar.

2. If you have a company vehicle, park it in your store’s lot. Move it around daily to give the appearance that people are coming and going.

3. Suspend or forward mail, newspaper or package deliveries so they don’t pile up at your location.

4. Check in daily at your physical site (at different times) to ensure everything is secure.

5. Leave a few lights on in the building and remove anything that obstructs the view of your location from the street. This gives intruders fewer places to hide in the dark.

6. Team up with neighboring businesses to look out for each other. Start a Facebook group, a text chain, or a regularly scheduled Skype session to stay in touch and report any suspicious activity.

7. Keep up with your business’s social media and website presence. Continue to post information, updates, promotions, etc. to show you are still active and conducting business to the best of your ability.

8. If you have a security system, prominently display the signs and window decals to communicate that your business is professionally monitored.

9. Introduce yourself to local law enforcement and first responders who serve your area and provide your contact information.

10. Update your contact list and information with your security provider, landlord and neighboring businesses who may need to get in touch with you or another employee if something arises.


Do you already have Boyd & Associates Security?


If your small business has Boyd & Associates security, here are few additional steps we recommend taking as soon as possible:

1. Update your emergency contacts by calling (805) 650-3267.

2. Give us your updated schedule. Many businesses provide us with their regular operating schedules so we know when they are supposed to be open or closed. If Boyd & Associates monitors your schedule (open/close) call us with any changes to your hours. We can make adjustments right over the phone.

Learn more about what Boyd & Associates can do for you

Security isn’t something you have to tackle alone, and you don’t need a huge budget to help protect your investment. Whether you’re running a family owned shop, a restaurant or a professional office, we can tailor a system to meet your specific needs.

Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (805) 650-3267 to find the right solution for you.

Stay safe!

Boyd Helps Homeowners Rebuild

The massive Hill and Woolsey fires, which are burning through Ventura and Los Angeles Counties for almost a week have unfortunately effected several of our alarm service customers, some have lost their homes in the recent destructive fires. Thankfully, to date, no one was hurt.

How We Can Help

To help in the recovery process, Boyd & Associates will respond immediately and at no cost install a workable security system in their temporary quarters.

When the owners decide to rebuild the cost of a new alarm system should figure into the insurance settlement. This is an opportune time to upgrade and take advantage of the many improvements now available for home security systems. Closed circuit television, remote access and home automation are just some of the improvements available. An expert from Boyd & Associates will assist you.