Professional Investigation and Corporate Security in Tennessee
Hunter Investigations
Home and small office security
by Steven White on January 6th, 2015

Security in your home or business comes in many forms. The most obvious is, of course, burglaries. One of my business neighbors recently had an attempted burglary. The criminals were amateurs, as they didn't get in. But, they caused damage to the building and wiring, obviously an attempt to bypass the alarm system. 
Then there is Internet security, identity theft, internal theft, trade secret theft, embezzlement, etc.
Lets start with burglary. Usually the thieves are amateurs, looking for a quick score of whatever your business has to offer them. Your computers, cash, products, and in the case of a medical office, drugs. Most people do not wish to make their home or office a fortress, but simple, relatively inexpensive, steps can be taken to discourage these low life thieves from taking your hard earned money. Alarm systems: a good step to take. These systems are modified for your needs. You can buy a simple, easy to install yourself, system for under a thousand dollars. Some of these systems include cameras, motion detectors, door and window protection, and alerts to be sent to your smart phone when you are not in the office. I have motion and sound activated cameras in my own business that alert me immediately when sound or motion is detected. I then pull up my cameras on my phone and can scan the office for intruders, in normal or infra red modes. So far, no attempts have been made. But, if I see someone in my business, I call 911 and the police will be there in a couple of minutes. More exotic systems are available. You get exactly what you pay for. 
Internet security....wow, where do we go for that? It starts with your own network. Most WiFi routers come with their own security safeguards. Some are weak and others stronger. The weakest is the WPA setting, which can be hacked fast. Then there are more secure settings, such as WPA2-AES and  WPA2-TKIP. You can use one or sometimes both, you can add encryption,  algorithms, firewalls, and other features. Usually the higher your security, the slower your network is. A normal home or small business should not have to worry about an elaborate system as most thieves are, amateurs! Another security feature is backups! I have backups on my backups! All my business data is backed up daily, in case of the theft of my computer, or, a computer crash. I can go purchase a computer and attach my backup and not lose any data. 
We talked about WiFi security. But in order to limit hackers, who usually hack for their own pleasure just to say I hacked this today and brought it down....you need protection on your computer(s). There are many software applications with virus scanners, firewalls, network security systems, applications for things such as keeping your system in tip top shape, shredding old data, etc. Do you know if you simply empty your recycle bin, that data is still on your hard drive? There are programs that wipe that data, from 1 to all the times you want. You can wipe your hard drive with standard wipe features, just to insure your old data is removed. Like I said, there are many different programs out there. You need to assess what you need and act accordingly. 
Internal theft....well, that is fairly self explanatory. You hire a new employee who finds a way to get their salary, and bilk you out of your own money! One suggestion is; do a background check on new hires. Most professional investigations companies perform background checks according to your desires. From a simple computer check for criminal records, to more extensive checks which would include interviewing all references, former employers, neighbors, etc. Financial checks, drivers license checks, drug testing, fingerprint comparisons, and polygraphs, are all available. Of course the more you want the more the cost. But peace of mind is a good way to operate. 
Trade secrets....personally, I would not have them on a computer which is Internet connected. Put them on a backup system and store them in a safe. Your ideas and company secrets are yours. If your trade secret is an object, store it off site in a secure location. If it is small, put it in a safety deposit box.
All of these safeguards are actually good common sense. There are professionals who can asist or institute the best security for you and your business, for a relatively small cost. You can spend a couple of thousand dollars on a good system, or lose multi thousands or millions on a big hit. One thing for sure, if you ignore the crime in our present world, and hope it doesn't happen to you, you will be a victim.  


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