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Tip of the Week: How to Prevent Computer Equipment Theft

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Tip of the Week: How to Prevent Computer Equipment Theft

How familiar are you with the IT equipment owned by your business? Do you keep detailed records of your equipment and enact security measures and policies? If the answer is no then you’re making it easy for theft to occur. We’ve written a lot about protecting your business from data theft, but it’s equally important that you take precautions to safeguard your equipment.

For someone with sticky fingers, it may be easier for them to make off with a device containing valuable company information than it would be to hack a firewall or breach a database. If you’ve got multiple employees accessing your company’s IT equipment, then a lock on your door might not be enough. There are numerous security measures that you can take to protect your gear. They range from something simple like making a list of equipment, to implementing complex security solutions.

Isolate Your Technology
One effective and easy security measure that you can take is to keep all of your company’s technology in one designated area, and then allow access to that area only to trusted personnel. This will prevent a customer, a friend of an employee, or even an employee from being in a place where they can easily pocket a device. This is a basic procedure that will minimize risk and help you identify the culprit if you discover that a piece of technology has gone missing.

Take Inventory
Taking inventory of your company’s technology is a must. It could be catastrophic if a device was stolen and you didn’t find out about it until weeks or even months later. This can be the result of not taking and updating your inventory on a regular basis. Taking a detailed inventory of your equipment and keeping track of it with check ins and check outs will go a long way toward deterring someone from brazenly walking off with your stuff. By having a working inventory system the thief knows that you will be alerted to the theft shortly after the taking of the device.

When taking inventory, you don’t want to focus solely on the major pieces of technology like your network devices. Be sure to cover the smaller pieces of equipment too, like USB cables, headphones, keyboards, and more. Items like these are often taken by workers from the IT closet without notifying anyone about it because they may be in a hurry. Multiply instances like this to the size of your business, and you’re looking at a lot of little disappearances adding up to a big loss.

Secure Your Perimeter
we are now entering the territory of implementing security solutions to protect your assets. Processor magazine provides us with a variety of options to keep your IT equipment safe:

Possibilities for physical security include adding perimeter fencing, limiting entry and exit points and installing security cameras across the grounds. Inside for the server rooms, use card readers at doors, or add floor-to-ceiling turnstiles or man traps for sensitive areas. Additionally, never let non-employees walk through the site unescorted. Always store unused equipment and cables in locked rooms and perform regular audits of IT equipment.

You should take protecting your IT assets seriously, and, as is the case with anything related to security, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Quikteks can offer your business security solutions that can protect not only your company’s data, but your physical equipment too. One way that we can protect your gear is with our digital surveillance solutions. You can lock down your belongings and monitor your perimeter remotely with your own network of security cameras.

Because every business has different security needs, the first step that we take is a security audit. This is where our IT professionals go in and assess your office environment, looking for practical security measures that you can install. To ensure that your company’s technology is protected to the max, give Quikteks a call at (973) 882-4644.