By Jose Luis Nebot On

How does physical security impact cyber security

In an ever-changing digital age, the world of cyber security is certainly moving from strength to strength. Although in many companies, having the right precautions in place to avoid unwanted cybercrime is paramount, the physical security of a business does have an impact on cybersecurity, itself. Basic deterrents such as having CCTV security installed or gaining access to the building with a key card can positively impact a business’s cybersecurity and keep digital data safe. 

These two types of high-end security go hand in hand, and in order for utmost efficiency, must be implemented together. Often, companies will spend a lot of money on their encryption software and relevant firewalls, yet neglect the physical security of their business. Unfortunately, it’s frequently overlooked, but the impact of a physical breach can actually be just as damaging as that of cybercrime.

Detrimental effects

A common occurrence during a physical breach of security is when unauthorised personnel walk into a restricted area and freely gain access to private systems and important information. They can then walk out of the area, just as easily as they came in, without being stopped. We’ve heard of cyber criminals gaining access to server rooms, installing remote access devices and even walking out with storage (such as hard drives) that contain sensitive details.

Cyber-attacks come in various forms, but the vast majority have a basic structure and are actually carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. Many companies now have critical data stored electronically, so sustaining and improving data security services is absolutely crucial. Poor cyber security can leave systems open to risk. You’d never leave your front door open all day, and the same logic should be applied to technology. Both physically and through IT, a failure to apply the necessary security protocols means that harm and distress can be caused and in extreme cases, puts lives at risk. Make sure to constantly assess internal threats, within the building, as well as externally, through cybersecurity. Developing a strict security regime will ensure that all assets are protected to the best of your ability. 

Preventative measures

There are many preventative options to look at when it comes to effective physical security. We would always recommend doing some research before investing in your chosen security services. You know your company better than anyone else, so deciding on the right tried and tested security solution is a personal choice.

Security guards

The benefit of physically manning your facility is the assurance of having high-standard security. Having a physical presence in areas of the building ensures both employee and asset safety. Seeing an SIA licensed officer in uniform makes just about everyone tighten up a little. A powerful presence like that in the workplace is an effective deterrent, in itself, even before you find out just how versatile these security guards are.

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the UK’s governmental body responsible for regulating the private security industry, nationwide, and specialist training is implemented at the highest standard, ensuring first class service. An SIA license means that guards can legally carry out a variety of protocols, specific to your business. If you’re looking for a versatile and effective security strategy, then SIA licensed security guards are imperative for your facility.

At Stok K9 Security Services, all our deployed personnel conform to the BS7858 security vetting standard. This is an in depth background screening of individuals employed in an environment where the security and safety of people, goods or property is a requirement of the employer and in corporate interest. By operating to the British standard, we can guarantee an elite and bespoke service.

Monitor closely 

It sounds like something that should go without saying, but it’s essential to have the appropriate locks on facility doors. Policies should enforce that when rooms are unoccupied, they should be locked, especially where expensive equipment or machinery is present. Specific key codes or keycard entries should be set up in order to gain access to these rooms.

 Additionally, to maximise physical security, a system should be in place to monitor exactly who goes in and out, and when. Although a logbook can be a good idea, bear in mind that it can be doctored and easily ignored. A better solution would be an authentication system incorporated into the locking devices, so that a smart card or biometric scan is required to unlock the doors and a record is made of the identity of each person who enters. If employees use laptops at their desks, they should take them with them when they leave or secure them to a permanent fixture with a cable lock.

 Not only could items be stolen, but hackers can simply plug a laptop into a hub and use software to capture data travelling across the network. If mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets are in regular use, they should be monitored to ensure they are not abused or used to retrieve unauthorised data from the network servers. Nothing can be left to chance; keep in mind that any unauthorised access could result in enormous damage.

CCTV security 

CCTV is arguably one of the most efficient and future-proof security methods. It’s not only advisable to assess the location of your remote surveillance before installation, but also to make sure you have the most suitable surveillance for your needs. CCTV is an investment to any business, so take the time to research the high-quality products. Ideally, your camera should be clear enough to pick out key details for evidence, should there be the need. At Stok K9 Security Services, we work with the cutting-edge technology from industry leading suppliers to provide an elite and cost-effective monitoring solution.

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 It doesn’t matter how strong your cybersecurity is, if you’re not implementing physical security strategies alongside it, it could put your businesses at risk of common theft, or cybercrime. For ultimate peace of mind, we recommend applying some of these successful security systems alongside each other. If you’d like to find out more about our high end security services, then get in touch! Contact Stok K9 Security Services today on 0800 002 5761 or by emailing us at


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