Why Physical Security Storage will Remain as Vital as Cyber Security

We live in a digital age, which means that every move we make in both our professional lives and our personal lives is powered with technology. We want smart phones, smart TVs, smart houses and even smarter workplaces. We want automation and regeneration and we want to avoid stagnation, so we push forward with our upgrades and developments and innovation to get there. All of this pressure towards a smarter world has meant that we now live in a time where we are constantly on watch for being hacked into. Our businesses are on cyber lockdown and we buy into as much online and cyber security as we possibly can. The problem? All of our cyber efforts are making us forget about budgeting for physical security.

The threats for your physical security are varied. Some are internally within your business and others come from external forces. Some are acts of nature and climate-related disasters, while others are man-made. As a company that imparts logic into every detail of their business, you should be protecting your physical assets. This can include things like laptop security cabinets in the office so that the vital hardware you’ve invested in can be as safe as possible. It can also mean ensuring that you have invested in fireproof filing cabinets. Many businesses still do use paperwork to keep their records, but it’s no good to you if it gets destroyed because of an act of nature.

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Mitigating Physical Threats

Not every physical threat is easily mitigated. For example, you can provide every feasible physical security measure for your business, but if a fire starts up none of that will matter. You could also spend every pound you have and still be exposed to threats. However, as a business professional, you need to ensure that you are investing in physical security storage as well as cyber security. Here are some of the ways that you can add some control to your working environment:

  • Ensure that your site layout is secure with fencing and cameras. A low-profile design can help with this, including a lower visibility and fewer access points. Physically securing remote access points is also important, because hacking is still a real threat.
  • Your business access controls could be controlled with swipe cards and key fobs, with no other way in and out without these tools. You can put people onto a reception desk to issue visitor badges and ensure that all visitors sign into the premises upon entry and sign out on exit, which helps you to keep track of things.
  • Hiring physical security guards for your premises to detect threats and protect you from them. Secondary security equipment is always going to help your business, and motion detectors should be considered.
  • Employing as much elemental protection as possible – especially in areas at risk of flooding and fires.

Start with identifying the vulnerabilities in your business and move forward from there. Once you know your physical security weaknesses, you can turn them into strengths.

Laptop Lockers, Laptop Safes and more: Top tips to store your laptop securely

This article provides laptop storage ideas to secure your laptop making essential reading for all types of laptop user.

This year, the 9th February marks Safer Internet Day which is co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. This event is aimed at raising awareness and thought surrounding how the internet is used and to encourage safe use by all. At Safety Storage Centre, this got us thinking about safety in connection with the device that millions use to access the internet – the laptop. What are the best ways to keep that expensive piece of kit safe?

In celebration of Safer Internet Day, Safety Storage Centre have come up with 5 top tips on how to keep your laptop safe and secure:

1. Buy a Laptop Security Case for when you are on the move. These cases are specifically designed to protect the laptop and its fragile and delicate components by having key padding and protection in all the right places. Importantly, their design is understated and discreet to avoid advertising the presence of a laptop to any potential thieves. They are also extremely convenient for the user by having plenty of storage space for notes, magazines and papers and this presents a major advantage to any traveller.

2. At Safety Storage Centre, our laptop security cases come fitted with a security cable and the proper use of this device is our second top tip for secure storage of your laptop. These cables tend to be made from steel and they allow you to attach your laptop to a fixed object for when you need to leave the device temporarily. This provides an added layer of safe storage for when you are in public places or for when you need to leave the laptop for an extended period of time at work or at college.

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3. Regardless of the presence of a security cable, whether you are at school, in the workplace or travelling, you should ensure that you keep your laptop within your sight as much as possible. When this is not possible and you have to leave your laptop for long periods of time, you should store your laptop somewhere safe and secure rather than leaving it lying around unprotected. Laptop safes are ideal for this purpose, particularly in the residential, hotel or business setting. They are very easy to operate and feature modern electronic locking systems. For the school or heavily populated work environment, laptop lockers are a good bet as they have separate, secure compartments to allow for the safe storage of a number of laptops. This makes them ideal for environments with lots of laptop computers.

4. Ensure that you think about the heat generated by the key electrical components of your laptop. When charging your laptop, heat is generated by the electrical components and there are secure storage solutions specifically designed with this in mind to facilitate safe charging of the device. These are known as laptop charging trolleys and laptop charging lockers. They are specifically designed with ventilated compartments to ensure that heat is dissipated during charging. The trolleys are particularly useful by allowing for easy movement of the laptops, making them a highly portable safe storage solution. The trolleys even come in a narrow width option which is great for navigating between rows of desks in school and college environments.

5. Finally, as an added precaution, ensure that you keep a note of the make, model, serial and service number of your laptop. Then, in the event of the worst case happening and your laptop being stolen or going missing, you will be able to provide this information to the police and it may just help in tracing the device at a later date.

Finally, a bonus top tip…:

Visit the Safety Storage Centre to view our extensive range of laptop storage products.

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