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What is IT Security worth without Physical Security?

Recently, a young child found a gun in his nap bag that was accidentally brought into the childcare center. Stories about failures of physical security are popping up every day. If there were a policy put into place beforehand prohibiting any type of diaper bag or tote to be brought into the school, then this risk could have been prevented.

If  your organization has a high standard of IT security but is lacking in physical security, then the risks and vulnerabilities are high. There's so much to protect from human safety, private information, physical assets, and more. Protecting your organization can seem like an overwhelming task since there are so many physical security aspects to consider. Another question to consider is, "Does the facility manager and the IT manager team up and communicate to make surethey are implementing best practices that actually work together?"

Every business big or small needs to have physical security measures in place. Think about the safety of your employees and your customers. Think about the stories of ATM machines being hacked and card information being stolen as well as "jackpotting" (ATM machines dispense cash as a result of hackers compromising the machine). Nearly every day there's a new story of a data breach. The highest physical security standard is necessary to protect your assets.

Don't get overwhelmed by the multiple physical security aspects to consider. Just to get started, consider the physical security for both outside and inside the premises.

Outside the Building

Often measures are taken such as installing quality locks, placing a fence around the perimeter, and setting up security cameras. Unfortunately these may not be enough to protect the outside security. Gathering places such as designated smoking areas, or break areas can pose a risk of conversations being overheard. Property placement and parking areas must be considered.

Inside the Building

Many companies hire a  receptionist who works the lobby to greet guests. If the receptionist was distracted or has stepped away from the desk, the lobby might fail the purpose, to have a visitor check in before entering the building. Outside hackers or malicious insiders could find opportunities through multiple channels. Protecting information from computer screens, copiers, or even guest phones must be considered. Measures need to be taken, policies need to be put in place, and employees need to be trained. Hackers know that employees are usually the easiest access point to find a vulnerability.

TechGuard can perform a gap analysis to find out what your weaknesses are to best serve you. LEARN about the physical services TechGuard offers corporations. TechGuard Security can send a Cybersecurity Consultant to your location to identify potential physical risks or vulnerabilities. This includes, but is not limited to: unlocked doors, unsecured documentation, employee’s discussing confidential matters, etc.

Check out our other blogs on Physical Security:

Your #1 Security Threat - Well-Intended Employees                                  Create a Top-Down Culture

USB Drops: Would your Employees Take the Bait?                                     The Threat Within

Top 5 Security Awareness Training Topics                                                    Social Engineering Takes on Many Shapes

Poisoning the Water Cooler                                                                               Insider Threats are Weakening Your Physical Security


Written by Michelle Stamps

Michelle has over 10 years of experience in marketing and business development across various industries including government and non-profit. Her background in writing, facilitating presentations and event planning allows her to use her creative skill-set and her relationship building skills strengthens her ability to understand the human element role in cybersecurity and to support positive behavior change. Whether she is out in the community, blogging or developing the next social post for TechGuard, she believes in telling the company’s story and uses relatable, real-life examples to connect with our clients. If you know Michelle outside of work, you would know that she loves sunny days and tropical places.