Cyber security is often considered the biggest threat to businesses today. And indeed it is. But this doesn’t mean that more traditional, terrestrial risks aren’t still there waiting to catch you out. Whilst improved fire monitoring and control may have reduced risk to building fabric, there has been an upturn in physical attacks on businesses in recent years.

Physical Attack

Remember the riots in 2011? Numerous businesses suffered as a consequence of attacks that were not immediately aimed at them. There have also been businesses damaged by a series of terror attacks, as well as more routine instances of premises being damaged by smash raids on shops or ATM machines.

In other words it’s not just the rare ‘spectaculars’ you have to worry about but, in an economy where people are feeling the pinch, there are those who are still willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make some money.

Theft and Shop Lifting

It’s not just using a JCB to remove a cash machine; there are smaller scale threats to deal with too. Many in society have difficulty feeding themselves in our present economic climate, so shoplifting has become a major problem for many businesses. Whether its food or clothes, goods are vanishing at the fastest rate ever. If someone can sneak into your warehouse and take something they can sell online, they probably will.

Data Theft

One of the biggest risks to business is data theft. This is a major worry for many businesses and with the new rules associated with GDPR being introduced this spring, the cost of losing data can be eye-watering. Securing IT systems can be an expensive business, but all that money is wasted if someone can just access it with a few clicks on one of your own computers.

That’s right, the biggest risk to your data can actually come from the good old-fashioned footpad. A laptop swiped from under a restaurant table without its owner noticing, or taken from an employee as they walk to work can gift someone access to all your corporate systems and information. With devices getting smaller all the time, smartphones and tablets can be removed and accessed before they’ve even been missed.

Managing that Risk

It’s more than likely many of these scenarios are ones you’ve given fleeting thought to and decided they’re too unlikely to consider. But how unlikely are they? And if they’re more common than you thought, how would you go about protecting against them?

Every business should have a full risk assessment to itemise the potential security violations and hazards that may come from within wider society. What actions should be taken if your main premises are out of use for a while? How do you protect information stored on devices being transported around the globe, or your products from the penniless and desperate?