Cyber vs Physical – Which Type of Security is More Important for Your Business?
As we become more and more reliant on digital technology, it’s no surprise that cyber security is constantly a hot topic. But how does it compare to physical security like alarms, cameras, fences and access control?
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the two and how your business should proceed for maximum protection.
The most common cyber-attacks
Cyber-attacks can be broken down into several more specific threats that can cause damage to your business, including:
Malware – Malicious software, such as spyware or viruses, which are installed onto a computer system after being planted in a link or email attachment.
Phishing – Fraudulent emails are sent to people within a business to extract data or (as above) convince them to click on a dangerous link.
Man-in-the-Middle – These attacks occur when a two-party transaction is intercepted by a “middleman”, who can then steal data.
Denial-of-service – A flood of malicious traffic is used to take down your business’s network, disrupting the services you provide.
Ransomware – Your system is blocked using the methods above until your business pays a ransom.
What about physical threats?
On the other hand, there are a range of physical threats that companies may face:
Burglary – Burglars breaking into your premises, usually when people aren’t present, to steal valuable items or cash.
Robbery – Alternatively, thieves may enter when staff are present and steal from them or your business.
Vehicle theft – Whether it’s your business fleet or staff cars, vehicles are another valuable target for thieves.
Vandalism – Sometimes criminals simply want to cause damage, which can be anything from smashed windows to graffiti.
Arson – Fires are another way criminals can damage your business, as these spread quickly to cause much more damage with minimal effort.
Comparing the consequences
While cyber and physical attacks might seem worlds apart, the consequences are usually pretty similar – financial loss, distress and disruption to your business.
With that in mind, it’s irresponsible to suggest that either type of security is more important for your business. Cyber security is clearly very important, with 42% of small businesses experiencing a cyber-attack in the last year, according to AdvisorSmith.
However, that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice physical security. With the amount of coverage they get online, it’s easy to think that cyber-attacks have replaced physical threats. That’s certainly not true, with wrongdoers always on the lookout for an easy target.
Finding the right balance
If you want complete peace of mind when it comes to commercial security, it’s best to implement both cyber and physical measures. Strong passwords, two-factor authentication, firewalls, security software, regular updates and staff training are all good ways to improve cyber security.
As for preventing physical attacks, speak to the team at Selectron. We supply and install a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment that will deter criminals from your business. With intruder alarms, surveillance cameras and access control in our arsenal, we have something to suit all budgets and requirements.
Contact us today to talk more about your commercial security and how we can help.