This article was written by Simon Parker. Simon has over 70 years of shared experience with Minerva Security, dealing with commercial business security and fire alarm systems.
A home office is a place where you can work peacefully, away from a pretty hectic environment. It is a place where you can go to finish assignments you didn’t conclude whilst at the office. A place that can prove itself exceptionally useful when escaping such a busy environment and enjoying the comfort of your own home.
Whilst working remotely from a home office can come with many high points, there are also things that need to be considered. One is the security measures that are put in place in your home office.
In any business premises, security is an important factor. And this is no different for a home environment. The reason that your home office needs to be kept safe is that it holds critical information and other material that is both valuable and confidential. But your life is also of a paramount concern too while working from home.
With that in mind, here are some critical security measures to put in place when working from home.
Enforce Physical Security Measures
The safety of your home office begins at the fence and the gate. Before embarking on installing CCTV systems, access control points and other safety measures, first begin by ensuring that the perimeter fence surrounding the house is strong enough to deter off intruders. Erect high walls and the barbed wire if possible.
The gates should be strong, complete with the bell so that you know who wants to access the home. Having ascertained that, ensure the doors leading to all rooms in the house are strong with resilient doorknobs.
The window panes should be strong as well to keep burglars at bay. When all the primary security measures are in place, you can now embark on enforcing secondary security measures.
Install CCTV Systems
Closed Circuit Television cameras are really important when ensuring the safety of your home office and the rest of your home in general. One good thing about a CCTV camera is that it captures real-time security situation of the office and can be accessed and controlled remotely.
The cameras need to be strategically placed to ensure maximum coverage of your home and home office. Add the cameras on the ceilings in your home office and the corridors leading to it. Also, ensure that the walls and corners on the outer part of the home office have CCTV cameras too.
Position the control center away from the office where you can monitor the movements in case of anything.
Secure Your Connection
There is a high chance your home office has gone digital. The Internet is one thing that is never missed in a modern office, whether it is at home at the workplace.
You need to put safety measures against internet related attacks. You need to closely guard your Wi-Fi connection. Ensure that the password is strong and unique. Only use the router provided by the contracted Internet Service Provider. Also, ensure that the firmware of your router is updated.
Meanwhile, keep your computers updated with the latest antivirus and file encryption applications.
Purchase A Safe
A safe is essential for storing files which are deemed to be valuable or sensitive or even handguns. Safes not only protect your files from people with malicious intent, but also from fire, water, and other environmental harms.
Safes come in different sizes and portability options. Add the safes on the walls or keep them in drawers as advised. But great care needs to be taken on how the secret codes are kept.
If you have many safes in your home office which makes you unable to remember the codes, save the codes in another place that can only be accessed by you such as a password manager in your Smartphone.
Install Access Control
If your home office is supposed to be only accessed by a few authorized individuals, you can install access control systems.
Access control systems control the entry to a place by promoting credentials at the entrance, verifying them from a database of allowed individuals and allowing the entry if deemed fit.
Access control systems can involve any type of authentication, including biometric input and PIN.
Install the equipment at your front door, or the door to your home office to control entry into your home office.
Keep A Shredder In Your Home
Shredders ensure the safety and disposal of any documents which you are done with. It will ensure that the documents do not get into the wrong hands.
Ensure that no documents leave your home office intact after you are done with them. Cut it into small pieces using a shredder before disposing of it.
Working remotely from home means you need to be ahead of your own safety and security, which isn’t hard – as long as you implement some of the above security measures. You will have to keep an eye out for any home security measures in order to stay on top.
No single safety precaution, whether it is physical security measures or internet security, can stop all safety risks alone. Therefore, it is recommended to combine several safety measures to achieve the highest safety standards possible for your home office.