A leak or data breach is costly to repair and recover, and it is certainly costly to regain the confidence of customers and investors. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and information leaks are all over the newsfeeds. According to Gartner, IT departments worldwide are going to spend $2.77 trillion in 2016 alone to secure their networks. But the first steps in data security don’t even involve software; they are good physical security practices that should be part of every company’s security culture. Here are five physical security measures which can be put in place to mitigate some of the most common cyber security vulnerabilities.
The common prevailing theory in the security industry is that a quality safety and security program should be first and foremost preventative, and ideally predictive. The theory being that if you put your focus into prevention and deterrence, you are afforded the luxury to be less reactive.
Tips from Bannerman’s Law Enforcement and Anti-Terrorism Expert
1) Establish a predetermined plan, be mentally prepared
Create plans for an active shooter situation. Ensure that your colleagues, friends, and family know what actions to take. Most people are not able to comprehend what’s happening when shots are fired. They assume the popping sounds are just “firecrackers” or “fireworks” with the mindset as “this will not happen to me.” Be mentally ready for any given situation. Take advantage of your body’s “fight or flight mode” and focus on what’s happening. Every second counts, the sooner you realize what’s happening - the sooner you can react. Most people stay in a daze while the events develop.
Office managers are the unsung heroes at every company. The job description? It's down on paper when you're hired, but colleagues quickly add daily tasks and requests. Culture advocate meets executive planner meets event coordinator. No wonder the title has morphed into "Human Swiss Army Knife" on LinkedIn profiles.
San Francisco is an amazing city, and (rent costs aside) life is undeniably good. A forward-thinking economy, diverse neighborhoods, and a smattering of cuisines are components of what makes the city vibrant. To keep life fun, we think San Franciscans should be knowledgeable about their surroundings.
In the age of young founders and fast-moving startups, company culture has become increasingly open to testing new ideas and immediate feedback. In our own companies, we see that communication is better for improvement and innovation. The trend is taking effect both inside and outside the workplace.