Businesses need to protect themselves against break ins, arson and a whole host of other maladies. Here are the systems businesses employ in the name of security. If you run a savvy business, retail security is very important, making your place secure.
Biometric authentication is a security process that relies upon each human being’s unique biological features. Each person, for instance, has a unique set of facial measurements, iris blood vessels and fingerprints.
Biometric authentication methods have been possible for a little while, but new software developments have made them much more accurate and accessible. Biometric authentication software relies upon the accurate and prompt matching of sensor data from vast sets. This is far easier to program using recently developed machine learning algorithms that can actively improve their recognition of patterns over time. Biometric authentication is far more secure than conventional password or fob key security, which means it is often employed as an entry guard system. It is also employed by businesses to protect their internal computer networks.
CCTV is one of the most widely used security technologies in the commercial realm. Closed Circuit Television has evolved a great deal since its shady beginnings in the 1940s. CCTV allows for the remote monitoring of a business using a series of cameras. These cameras can be extremely small and inexpensive, and many can be set up without the need for specialist help. Gone are the days when a dedicated security guard was needed to keep watch over CCTV monitors all day – modern CCTV systems are smart enough to negate that need.
Most smart commercial security systems centered around CCTV do much more than just record video. They enable web or app-based monitoring, smart video analysis and in some cases biometric identification. Some smart systems will alert business owners when a potentially loss inducing incident is taking place on their property.
Modern businesses are data driven. A huge amount of data is harvested, coded and analyzed by businesses as they attempt to build long term strategies and shape product design and marketing efforts.
This means that sensitive and important data is constantly in transit – between cloud servers, internal computer networks and over email. Data can be intercepted on route by malicious actors, which can jeopardize the security and productivity of a company. In order to counteract the possibility of in transit data theft or alteration, most companies use services that encrypt data when it is being transferred.
Encryption involves the scrambling of data as soon as it leaves a computer or server. This data can only be effectively made sense of, if the receiving hardware possesses the correct decryption key. In theory this means that data is completely useless to malicious actors when it is in transit, although some advanced hacking groups are capable of decrypting a great deal of data without the correct keys.
Alarm systems take data gathered from all of the security sensors in a building and alert property owners and law enforcement when something fishy might be going on. Sensors that detect motion, sound and smoke all feed into a central alarm system.