Would you like the security of your business compromised?
Of course not. So why do 69% of companies work with outdated IT security? Add inadequate physical security and these companies face huge risks.
Sometimes the problem is ignorance. So when it’s time to contract a security provider, you need to know how to make the right choice.
That’s why we’ve put together some of the top things you should expect from a quality security company.
Licence, Insurance, and Qualifications
Before you jump into a contract with a security company, make sure they have the paperwork sorted.
First, check whether they have the right licenses to operate as a security firm in your area. This will vary by country and even by state, so you’ll need to research in advance.
Second, ask to review the company’s insurance. If the company is responsible for an accident or fault resulting in damage, you need to know they’re covered by insurance. Professional companies will always have insurance, so don’t even consider one without it.
Third, you need to understand the qualifications of the staff. All staff should have relevant experience backed up by qualifications to prove it.
Security shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all solution.
A quality security contractor will work with you to find a solution that fits your business. They’ll discuss plans with you and take your input on board to decide the most effective security for you.
Does your security provider listen to your concerns? Do you feel you can say “no” to certain suggestions? Are they open to new ideas?
Good listeners should be managing your security. You’re trusting these people with the welfare of your business, so you need someone who cares.
Does your security company make an effort to understand your business?
Every company has different needs. Do you have large premises? A vital computer network? Do your employees work around the clock or only during daylight hours?
All these will inform your security deployment plan. If your security contractor offers you a cookie-cutter solution, you’re not getting your money’s worth.
If you’re searching for physical security, aim for one that knows the local area.
The security needs of different locations can vary by population, economics, and local laws. A company with local knowledge can provide more specialized protection for your business. They’ll also better understand the geography of your area. If they’re based locally, they may even be able to respond faster to alarms.
Try incorporating more local searches when you’re looking for a firm. If you’re in the Denver area, for instance, then “Security services Denver” might prove more useful than a general search.
Security is an evolving industry. What worked yesterday might not work tomorrow.
Your security contractor should use the latest technology to deliver a modern service. Security is an arms race between criminals and the law, so you need up-to-date tools to protect your business. A contractor working with outdated tools may offer inadequate protection and poor response times.
If you’re shopping for a cyber-security firm, this goes double. Data breaches are huge news because of the disproportionate amount of damage they can do to a company. No amount of insurance can cover leaked customer data and a negative reputation.
Choosing a Security Company
Now you know a few things to look for, you can go ahead and choose a security company. The key is to be sure of your decision and trust the company you’re with. If you don’t feel secure in your discussions with them, then they can’t be a quality security provider.
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