We live in a dangerous world. It may seem like a pessimistic stance to take, but it's true – there are threats lurking at every turn. Even the Internet, which isn't a physical space, is at constant risk of becoming the scene of a crime. Building security is no safer, as burglars, shoplifters and untrustworthy insiders attempt to gain access and make off with company assets. Security is an unending job.

Fortunately, there are technologies and platforms emerging to protect against these dangers with sophisticated tools. One thing that has recently become clear is that security cannot take place on different fronts – increasingly, cyber security and building protection are part of the same system. Some companies use digitally-controlled smart locks and alarm systems that can be remotely accessed, while others rely on the classic lock-and-key method. Neither is wrong, but both would benefit by incorporating the other.

Businesses must use integrated approach to security
Cyber security and digital platforms have garnered the most attention, in light of the high-profile data breaches of recent memory. But according to Steve Leitz, director of small business for Tyco Integrated Security, these methods on their own are not enough to stop criminal activity from reaching a company's doors. Leitz wrote in Tech Cocktail about a few things small companies can remember that will protect them from threats.

  • Eyes are a great defense: Simply keeping the lines-of-sight open to employees can prevent crime. When there are large displays in front of the entryway, thieves can use them as cover to make off with their bounty.
  • Educate employees: Staff that knows what to look for, how to operate security systems and how to report suspicious activity are great assets. When employees don't have this training, the store is at greater risk of theft.
  • Keep security equipment up to date: An old lock is a useless lock in many cases. Similarly, grainy, black-and-white security footage doesn't give any worthy evidence. Keep equipment upgraded to provide the best chance against threats.
  • Mobility allows flexibility: For managers who are out of the office for large stretches, mobile security technology can give them the ability to check in on their building at a moment's notice.

Smart home technology can help the small business
One of the most exciting trends in mobile technology and the Internet of Things is the potential for entire homes to be connected with a network of devices. Chief among these benefits is the possibility for maximum security that can be accessed by the homeowner from anywhere and that will automatically report breaches and break-ins to authorities, offered in systems like Xiaomi's Smart Home Security Suite, reported Bloomberg.

This technology is just as applicable to the small business as it is the home, and business owners should take note. By integrating this system into a business, managers and employees will have better control over what is happening in every area, even if they aren't able to physically monitor it.

But even this high-tech solution is not foolproof, which is why sturdy locks and high-resolution cameras are integral aspects of a building security plan. In this day and age, one answer is not enough. Multiple security threats require a multi-faceted response that includes everything from the locks on the door, to the employees in the building, to the mobile network and application.

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