How To Improve Cyber-Security Using Physical Practices

Typically, physical
security isn’t really considered when it comes to protecting your
virtual assets, but the reality is that it plays a very important
part in securing your data. Firstly you don’t have to know anything
about computers in order to carry out this type of security and
secondly most of it is common sense stuff that can easily be taught
to your workforce. Let’s take a closer look.

Shred all important

Golden rule number one
is to always shred important information. Don’t simply throw it into
the rubbish bin. When it comes to cyber-security, out of sight is
most definitely not out of mind. Anything remotely sensitive should
be destroyed before leaving the house or office. This includes 

  • Old paid bills
  • Anything with your
    name or address on
  • Credit card
  • Tax documents
  • Old payslips
  • Anything that
    contains relevant employee details

As a general rule of
thumb, if you think that it would be a handy document to have in the
wrong hands then it probably needs shredding.

Keep any important
data under lock and key

You might want to
consider locking away any sensitive documentation or items that
you’re currently using and decide to keep; preferably in a drawer,
but even better in a safe. Things like website passwords, employee
bank details, information about your company projects, personnel
files, any cash you may have, or any other sensitive stuff that might
be advantageous to someone in the wrong hands. 

Switching off your
computer at night

When you’ve finished
for the day or night you should always switch your computer off.
Anyone seeking any information you have on your computer will usually
do it when the opportunity strikes. What better way to do this than
if they are passing your computer and it already happens to be logged
in. On the contrary, even if they’ve managed to get hold of your
password, they may think twice about logging in if they’ve got to
fire up your laptop or computer first and risk being spotted. After
all why make things easy. 

Keep a close eye on
your mobile devices

As most smartphones are
basically mini computers these days it pays not to leave your mobile
device unattended. After all it only take a second for someone to
take a look and find what they’re after before you come back into the
room, so always keep any mobile devices either locked away, or firmly
on your person.

So there you have
it…things that you and your team can do to physically improve your

If you’re unsure about
how secure your office space is or just how vulnerable it is to cyber
attacks or information theft, then why not talk to MA Security about
conducting a security risk analysis. We can not only point out areas
where you can improve, but also show you exactly how to do it, giving
you tighter controls and of course complete peace of mind in the
process. To find out more, contact us on
1300 020 406

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