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Tapping Into The Business Intelligence Market, Inc #business #intelligence #salesforce


Salesforce.com Tapping Into The Business Intelligence Market


A few days ago, Salesforce.com announced the launch of the Wave that is set to target the Business Intelligence market.

The Business Intelligence market has registered stable growth and was up nearly 8% in 2013, worth about $14.4 billion up until last year.

Wave faces some challenges: The software is very simple and given that companies are hiring specialists to conduct data analysis, Wave might not be able to tap into the market.

Salesforce posted a strong growth in its revenues during Q2: the company has raised revenue guidance for the full year and growth in revenue is likely to continue.

CRM holds a 52-week bearish range of $48.18 and a bullish range of $67. The year-end estimate for the stock price is a bullish $69.28, indicating that prices might rise.

Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM ) is working relentlessly toward expanding its sales growth and its addressable market, as it announced the launch of the Wave a few days ago. This is the sixth cloud platform that has been launched by the company, and is one that is set to target the Business Intelligence market. The new platform has been designed with the integration of the customer relationship offering, and offers features for predictive analytics as well, making data exploration easier.

The growing Business Intelligence market

The Business Intelligence market has registered stable growth over the past few years. According to Gartner, the market grew by 6.8% from 2011 to 2012, and was up nearly 8% by 2013. The agency estimated that the market was worth about $14.4 billion up until last year and is witnessing sharp rises in investments being undertaken to generate tools for users. Further growth is expected in this industry going forward, while deployment of more tools in the market also is expected to satiate demand.

Tough Competition in the Market

Although the market provides Salesforce.com with an opportunity to not only enter, but also grow – competition in the market does not make things easy for the company. SAP dominates the market and holds a market share of about 21.3%. This rival leaves no stone unturned to continue expanding in this industry. Among its latest ventures, the company has announced its alliance with Birst which will increase the potential of sales generation, while allowing both companies to take advantage of the new customer base that arises as a result of this deal.

Besides the tough competition being put up by SAP, Salesforce.com also has to compete against rivals like Oracle (NYSE:ORCL ), IBM (NYSE:IBM ) and SAS Institute that hold the second (13.9%), third (12.7%) and fourth (11.8%) position in the market in terms of market share, respectively.

Gartner also believes that the market will experience an increase in its sales outlook, going forward, as business begin to pick up their demand for predictive analytics tools in the near future.

It is believed that the market for Business Intelligence has only begun picking up the pace. BI platform sales are estimated at $8.55 billion. and future predictions estimate that this segment, particularly the tools for prescriptive and predictive analytics, is expected to provide companies with profitable growth going forward.

Challenges Down the Road

Given that Wave has been launched into a market that Salesforce.com is pushing hard to pave its way into, it faces a number of challenges. Wave primarily markets itself as a simple software that is easy to use by users who are not specialists. But the catch in this situation is that companies are already hiring specialists and data analysts who are capable of using advance analytical tools to contribute to business operations. This puts Salesforce.com in a bit of a dilemma where it will either need to beef up its platform to cater to the needs of advanced specialists while giving up its idea of simplicity, or it could continue forward on the same road and remain too simple, which in the case of the market, is a huge risk as well. Furthermore, if Salesforce.com does in fact begin targeting professionals, it will have to adapt the way it sells its products as it is now accustomed to selling to very different end users than the professional ones.

Another problem that Salesforce.com could face is that not many companies might be willing to migrate their data out of their current database onto Salesforce for the fear of data loss or even because it might be expensive. Although many businesses have data on Salesforce already, this might not be a big blow to the company, but given that other companies like Cloudera, Pentaho and Tableau are offering downloadable software, and making significant headway into the market, it is nonetheless an indication that companies would actually prefer bringing software closer to the data that they already hold, rather than migrating data anywhere else.

Salesforce.com recently announced its second quarter results for FY2015 and reported a 30% jump in its revenues which amounted to $1.32 billion. Deferred revenues also witnessed a 31% year-on-year increase amounted to $2.35 billion. Operating cash flow of the company was up 34% and was recorded at $246 million.

GAAP loss per share was announced at 10 cents. Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share were recorded at 13 cents, and were reported higher since they do not include the effects of stock compensation expenses, amortization, interest expenses and losses on conversion of senior notes.

Third quarter revenues are expected to increase by 27% and range between $1.365 billion to $1.370 billion. GAAP loss per share is expected to range between 12 cents to 13 cents, while non-GAAP earnings are expected at 12 cents to 13 cents.

The company also raised its revenue guidance for FY15 and states that revenues might range between $4.34 billion to $5.37 billion. These estimates were up by $30 million from the previous guidance. GAAP loss per share is expected to range between 48 cents to 46 cents, while non-GAAP earnings are expected at 50 cents to 52 cents.

Outlook for Salesforce.com

The entry that Salesforce.com has made into this new market is definitely a positive one, and raises the company outlook for the years ahead. However, competition remains one of the key challenges that the company should not lose sight of at any point in time, despite the market being large enough to accommodate another platform developer. Salesforce will have to push harder into its market to ensure that it gains the traction that it hopes for.

Shares for the company hold a 52-week range bearish range of $48.18 and a bullish range of $67. Going forward, the one-year target estimate for stock prices is a bullish $69.28 indicating that stock prices definitely have room to grow and spiral upwards in some rallies that are expected in the future, driven by new product launches and better earning results.

Revenue outlook for the company stands strong based on the fact that this new market is not the only arena that Salesforce.com is dependent on its growth for. Given that the Business Intelligence market is a large one, Salesforce.com has a higher probability of success. Furthermore, its upbeat performance in its other business segments will contribute to its top and bottom line growth in the future, as the outlook for the financial results remain strong and investor sentiment remains positive about Salesforce.com.

Disclosure: The author has no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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IPad in Business – Profiles – charity: water #donating #blood #requirements

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“With iPad, I have all my projects, my lists, my tasks, my email, and my calendar in one place. And I’m still connected to the office wherever I go.”

Lane Wood, Development Officer
charity: water

Humanitarian mission meets innovative technology.

When Scott Harrison founded charity: water in 2006, he took on a colossal mission: bringing clean, safe drinking water to the world. With one billion people in need of help, the numbers were daunting — but Harrison was inspired to challenge the odds. He also pledged to use a groundbreaking charity model in which 100% of public donations would fund projects, not operations.

To meet these ambitious goals, Harrison knew he’d need the help of highly innovative technology. He turned to iPad.

Handheld Storytelling

Like most charitable organizations, charity: water needs to raise money. And to do that, Harrison must connect emotionally with prospective donors. So when making a presentation, he shows photos and videos of charity: water’s international projects — images that make a big impact when displayed on iPad.

“In a 30-minute donor pitch, I show 175 photos and videos,” he says. “It’s awkward to set up a laptop on the table in an upscale restaurant. With iPad, it feels more like sharing. I can hand my iPad to another person and let them move through a presentation at their own pace. It’s a whole new level of intimacy around storytelling.”

Recently Harrison found himself making an impromptu pitch using iPad in the back of a taxi. “I flew back from a presentation in Mexico City and ran into someone I hadn’t seen in four years,” he says. “We shared a cab back to New York, and the next thing you know, I’m giving the presentation on iPad. She was so moved that she instantly made a pledge to request donations instead of birthday presents for her 50th birthday.”

And iPad is just as effective in the boardroom. “When I go to a meeting or a conference to speak, iPad is incredibly easy to bring along,” says Development Officer Lane Wood. “It’s the size of a book, and it plugs into a VGA adapter, which is usually in the boardroom or conference hall already. I just hook it up and I’m ready to go.”

Presentations Plus

In an organization that relies so heavily on great-looking presentations, Keynote presentation software is essential. It’s also a pleasure to use on iPad. “I love how it allows me to seamlessly move from photos to videos and back,” Harrison says.

Creative Director Viktoria Harrison considers iPad an ideal way to display her carefully crafted presentations. “In the Keynote app, it’s amazing how crisp the fonts look,” she says. “The colors look exactly how we intended them to. And the photography — it’s so colorful and clear and personal. There’s this feeling that you’re right there.”

For meetings, she also uses the Notes app on iPad. “iPad is really great in a meeting setting,” she says. “It’s not intrusive. You can still make eye contact with people, and you’re not creating a visual barrier. It’s a great way to take notes and still be present at the meeting.”

Apps for Good

Scott Harrison and his staff have delved into the App Store with enthusiasm. Among their favorite apps is Square, which allows them to swipe credit cards and process secure transactions right on iPad.

Harrison explains: “A donor says, ‘I’m excited; how do I help?’ And you say, ‘You can take out your credit card right now, and I’ll mail you the receipt.’ It’s great because it turns a meaningful conversation into action.”

Twitter is important to charity: water’s efforts to build awareness, and they track their account on iPad. “We have over 1.3 million followers, and we use the TweetDeck app to monitor our account,” says Harrison. “It’s great to see what people are saying about us and what kinds of questions they have. We’ve even had requests for meetings that develop into relationships.”

Pocket Productivity

Wood initially viewed iPad as a presentation device, but now uses it for much more. “It lets me detach from my computer,” he says. “It’s really small and portable. With iPad, I have all my projects, my lists, my tasks, my email, and my calendar in one place. And I’m still connected to the office wherever I go.”

Wood also uses iPad for almost every aspect of his work-related travel. “With the Kayak application, I can book flights,” he says. “And as I travel, I use iBooks and Zinio to download books and magazines. I can even do it on the plane while we’re waiting at the gate. By the time we taxi, I’m ready to go.”

“iPad is helping us to fulfill our mission of bringing safe drinking water to the world,” says Harrison. “It’s a pivotal part of our business which in the end – is saving lives all around the globe.”

Company Snapshot

  • Based in New York, NY
  • 25 employees
  • Charity: water currently works in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Cambodia, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Honduras.
  • www.charitywater.org

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iPad as sketch pad

With iPad, the cocktail napkin sketch has moved into the digital world. “Our design team is very visual,” says Creative Director Viktoria Harrison. “And we like to draw diagrams to explain things. So when we’re out at a coffee shop and we need to sketch something, we have an app called Penultimate that allows us to do that. You just use your finger as a pen and draw on the iPad.”

“I can hand my iPad to another person and let them move through a presentation at their own pace. With iPad, it feels more like sharing.”

Scott Harrison, Founder,
charity: water

“With iPad, I have all my projects, my lists, my tasks, my email, and my calendar in one place. And I’m still connected to the office wherever I go.”

Lane Wood, Development Officer,
charity: water


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Home, Auto & Business Insurance – O Connor & English Insurance Agency #insurance, #auto


Home, Auto, and Business Insurance in Dubuque and Dyersville, IA

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Both the agency as a whole and individual staff members work with and support local organizations that make the areas we serve better places to live and work. From charities and philanthropic organizations to sports teams and events like Andrew Connolly Make A Difference Day we involve ourselves in any event and/or organization we can.

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We believe in giving every client the best possible insurance experience. We monitor policies and communicate regularly with clients to ensure coverages are up-to-date and rates accurately reflect your level of risk.

Our goal is to act as a trusted resource for each and every client, and it s our privilege to serve. This means being fully available, informative, and supportive. You can call, text, email, make an appointment, or stop in. We d be happy to see you.

Please contact us or give us a call to learn more or to get started. If you feel that you re ready to start a policy, please request a quote .

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LEGITIMATE ONLINE BUSINESS #legit #online #business

Legitimate Online Business: Simple Ideas For Mastering Complex Programs

Taking the initiative and working on a legitimate online business might be a more effective way to earn extra money than looking for additional employment. Starting a home business will be difficult at first, but you can learn how to use multi-level marketing to earn more money, communicate and assist people as an independent agent. This article will provide you with a few key ideas that are intended to help you begin a successful multi-level marketing operation.

You must visualize success if you are delving into a legitimate online business Yes, it may sound obvious, but multi-level marketing requires the ability to think ahead and envision a larger network. Anyone can benefit from positive visualization, and network marketing is no different.

If your product is unique, it might garner a great deal of interest. People can choose for themselves, but you must still offer them a choice.

Be someone who is revered in the are of legitimate online business . Try to come up with unique ideas that will make your company stand out. If you have a great approach, you will attract lots of good traffic to your multi-level marketing website. You might also inspire your competitors to imitate you. Don’t just follow the leader; strike out on your own to achieve multilevel marketing success.

Study and know your product very well. Really believing in your own product, helps to build confidence in your potential consumers. They will be more likely to join your network if they see that you believe in the product. Learning about the product makes it easier to give honest, sincere reviews that your potential clients will appreciate.

Try to get people that specialize in different areas of legitimate online businesses to join your network. Professional business people, particularly those who are in sales and work on commission, know what good work discipline is and are accustomed to seeing the direct correlation between their efforts and their earnings. Furthermore, those already in business will be more likely to consider your offer.

Drive as much traffic as possible to your own legitimate online business websites by using video marketing. Sharing a video will allow you to cheaply market a content-rich campaign.

You need to stay within a certain budget in order to make a profit. This is crucial because it helps you manage your resources more effectively, and it also allows you to allocate the proper amount toward growing your business. A budget also lets you see the big picture, and get a good handle on what you are spending.

When looking for a MLM company, select one that has products that you are personally interested in. If you like the product you sell, your clients will sense this, and trust you more.

Before launching a full-scale campaign, take products for a test drive. You will likely discover things about the products you didn’t know. If you find that you dislike the products, consider whether you can in good faith associate with this particular company. While you may earn money selling the product, a reputation for poor quality may ultimately destroy a legitimate online business .

Try not to waste your time. The temptation to do things other than work is ever-present when your work is Internet based. Develop a schedule that you can stick to so that you may work more efficiently.

A Better Business Bureau agency should be consulted before you pour your hard-earned cash into a networking opportunity. Whilst there are a lot of legitimate businesses in the marketplace, there is also a huge number of fraudulent ones. You don’t want to invest in a bad business or company. Check into the legitimate online business you are going to invest in by visiting the BBB website so that you can see if it has a good reputation.

Multilevel marketing is just one of the various ways big corporations discover their audience by using your particular network. By following the tips offered in this article, you can become a successful, independent legitimate online business owner.

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13 Cybersecurity Solutions for Small Businesses #cyber #security #small #business

13 Security Solutions for Small Business

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Cybersecurity is no joke. Whether you have a website, online accounts or any type of Web-based infrastructure, you are at risk for a cyberattack.

Although the public typically only hears about cyberattacks against high-profile companies, banks and government websites, small businesses make prime targets for cybercriminals, competitors and disgruntled parties. Yet, due to their lack of resources, small businesses have the least-protected websites, accounts and network systems making cyberattacks a relatively easy job.

To help you protect your business, here are 13 small-business-friendly cybersecurity solutions to get you started.

1. Comodo

When it comes to low-cost security solutions, you usually get what you pay for. Comodo is a global, award-winning security provider that offers free and affordable security tools that don t compromise on features and reliability. Solutions include: Comodo One, the company s free IT management platform that features Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM), Patch Management and Service Desk all in one place; Comodo Securebox to shield apps from malware-infected devices; and Comodo Advanced Endpoint to automatically prevent malware from entering networks. Small businesses can also enjoy free antivirus, free and paid SSL certificates, free Internet security, mobile device management, firewall protection, security for POS systems and many other services. [See Related Story:Cybersecurity: A Small Business Guide]


Looking for a single solution to cover all your bases? ESET lets you choose from a wide range of security bundles to protect your computers, mobile devices, USB drives, networks and servers. For instance, the ESET Small Business Security Pack guards Windows and Mac computers, as well as iPhone and Android phones, file servers and email accounts. The company also offers custom solutions that allows you to build the perfect security tool for your business. You can choose by product type, company size and industry. Choices include endpoint security, mobile security, remote management, two-factor authentication, encryption, file security, email security, virtualization security and more.

3. Cradlepoint NetCloud Engine (Pertino)

Virtualization and cloud computing offer many gifts, including the ability to access your desktop, files and other data anytime, anywhere using any device. Security concerns, however, can complicate the convenience. Cradlepoint NetCloud Engine. formerly Pertino, offers one easy, affordable and super-secure way to virtualize your network and your business. You ll enjoy a VPN decked with layers of security protection, such as multifactor authentication a combination of users ID, token (i.e. their device) and PKI-certificate fully cloaked private addresses, micro-segmentation, end-to-end encryption, access policies, industry-leading cloud security, data center protection and more.

4. Lookout Mobile Security

It s not just computers that are at risk for security breaches. Lookout Mobile Security is all about protecting your business from cyberattacks on phones and tablets. It works by predicting, anticipating and shielding businesses against all types of mobile threats, such as malware, data leakages and the risks associated with sideloaded apps and jailbroken devices. Lookout also gives you complete visibility over devices and offers advanced tools to manage risks, vet software and app vendors, investigate incidences and ensure compliance with security regulations and company policies.

5. Random.org

According to one of the tenets of cybersecurity, you should create strong passwords for all your accounts and services. These days, even passwords based on your pet s name or your spouse s name and birthday come with risks. Random passwords are the way to go. Random.org features a random password generator that automatically creates strong, alphanumeric, case-sensitive passwords up to 24 characters long. Combine results or add your own touch for a super-secure password. You no longer have an excuse to use password, fluffy123 or other ridiculously easy-to-guess passwords.

6. StaySafeOnline.org

As a small business, it always helps to know someone has your back. StaySafeOnline.org. powered by National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), is full of tools and resources to help small business owners protect their businesses, employees and customers from cyberattacks, data loss and other online threats. Small business owners can learn how to assess their risks, monitor threats, implement a cybersecurity plan and train employees. They ll also learn what to do after an attack, and how to report one to the proper authorities to recoup any losses and bring attackers to justice.

7. FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0

Cybersecurity can be overwhelming for small business owners. Want to cover all your bases, but don t know where to start? The Federal Communication Commission s (FCC) Small Biz Cyber Planner can guide you in the right direction. Just fill in your information, indicate your areas of concern, and the planner will automatically generate a custom cybersecurity plan with expert advice for your business. Areas covered include privacy and data security, scams and fraud, network security, website security, email, mobile devices, employees, and more.

8. Symantec for Small Businesses

Many cybersecurity solutions cater to enterprises and large companies, often resulting in sticker shock for small businesses. By contrast, Symantec offers comprehensive security packages built for the small business budget. From protecting your equipment to ensuring the privacy of your data, Symantec s small business protection suites include antivirus/antispyware, firewall and privacy protection; data-loss prevention, automated backups and fast disaster recovery; email scanning and filtering to prevent data leaks; virtualization support; and more.

9. CloudFlare

Protecting your website doesn t have to cost a lot. The free CloudFlare tool essentially sits in front of a website and fights against malicious attacks, such as SQL injections and denial of service (DoS) attacks that can shut down your website. CloudFlare automatically detects attacks, blocks them and creates reports to keep you up to date. CloudFlare also evaluates visitors, assessing things like their reputations, IP addresses and other factors to determine legitimacy. Users can also block a range of IP addresses, choose security levels, set up firewalls and enable SSL security certificates for data encryption.


Large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have increased exponentially in the past few years. In essence, DDoS attacks overwhelm website resources, causing an outage that can last from minutes to days, and result in substantial financial losses. DDoS attacks are particularly disastrous for businesses that sell online. Protect your website with NSFOCUS. a DDoS mitigation provider that delivers an all-in-one cybersecurity solution for small businesses. Services include attack detection, defense and monitoring management to combat even the most sophisticated and high-volume attacks.

11. CSID

It s not just consumers who face the risk of identity theft. Businesses can fall victim, too. To protect your company, check out business identity protection services like CSID. This full-service solution offers everything from threat intelligence to fraud detection, as well as user and transaction monitoring, credit services, and data breach mitigation. And for businesses dealing with super-sensitive data, CSID also offers advanced authentication methods using global ID verification systems and voice biometrics.

12. HTTPS Everywhere

Make web browsing more secure with HTTPS Everywhere. a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Android Web browsers that encrypts communication while you surf major websites. Many websites use Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) communication to protect data when users log into accounts, make online purchases and complete other transactions. You can tell when a website uses this protocol because https:// appears in front of the URL. Nevertheless, they are typically limited to select webpages and are often combined with non-HTTPS protected pages, compromising your security. HTTPS Everywhere fills in the gaps and ensures the security of your Web browsing at all times.

13. Social-Engineer.com

Cybersecurity starts from the inside. A business can implement all sorts of cybersecurity measures, but if its employees don t get training to avoid cybertraps, cyberattacks are just a few clicks away. Social-Engineer.com helps organizations identify risk areas and how malicious attackers can exploit vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to infrastructures. Employees receive training using social engineering risks-assessments and tests that simulate real-life events and mimic attacks. Social-Engineer provides online and onsite training, and can customize programs based on individual needs and requirements.

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The Most Generous Companies In America – Business Insider #embryo #donation

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The 10 Most Charitable Companies In America

After 7 straight years as the single largest giver in corporate America, Walmart has been knocked down to number 2. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s yearly corporate giving survey finds that Wells Fargo is now on top, having donated well over $300 million in the past year.

Overall giving is up 2.7% from last year, but 18% of respondents said they plan to increase donations this year.

Wells Fargo’s big jump to the top came from a mammoth $77 million donation to NeighborWorks America to help first time homeowners with their down payments in some of the areas that were most affected by the financial crisis and housing crash.

1 Wells Fargo Company

How much it gave: $315,845,766 (cash)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 1.3%

Forecast for 2013: Expects to give less.

How much it gave: $311,607,280 (cash); $755,868,381 (products)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 4.5%

Forecast for 2013: Expects to give more.

3 Chevron Corporation

How much it gave: $262,430,000 (cash)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 0.6%

Forecast for 2013: Expects to give more.

4 Goldman Sachs Group

How much it gave: $241,278,912 (cash)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 3.9%

Forecast for 2013: Not provided

5 ExxonMobil Corporation

How much it gave: $213,374,183 (cash); $2,433,200 (products)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 0.3%

Forecast for 2013: Expects to give the same

6 JPMorgan Chase Company

How much it gave: $183,471,434 (cash)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 0.7%

Forecast for 2013: Expects to give more.

How much it gave: $182,999,588 (cash)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: The company lost money in 2011, so this figure cannot be calculated.

Forecast for 2013: Expects to give the same.

How much it gave: $161,500,000 (cash)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 0.8%

Forecast for 2013: Expects to give the same.

9 Target Corporation

How much it gave: $147,038,722 (cash), $76,554,400 (products)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 5.0%

Forecast for 2013: Declined to provide.

How much it gave: $144,606,000 (cash), $1,000,000,000 (products)

Share of 2011 pretax profits donated in 2012: 9.3%

Forecast for 2013: Declined to provide.

The 10 Most Charitable Companies In America

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New Business’s Guide to Physical Security Policy

In today’s tech-centric world, cyber security gets a lot more attention than real-world security. This makes sense as new cyber threats seem to pop up every day. For new businesses especially, there is a need to focus on securing sensitive data online. But overlooking physical security can be very costly .

In simple terms: Physical security helps businesses protect property and people. Property can mean buildings, equipment, data, or intellectual property. People refer to employees, customers, or anyone else on company premises. It’s about real-world threats, human or natural .

Identify potential points of weakness

Then, put systems in place to minimize risks.
Still, there is plenty to do before you even get to that point .

Changing Shop
Whether yours is a storefront, office, or service building:

Make sure the neighborhood learns about your brand fast.
Few business owners take the time to make connections with the community they are in.

This is surprising as:
A network of friendly eyeballs can be one of the strongest security systems around. even for businesses that don’t directly serve the community where they are located.

So make your presence known:
Put up Business Under New Management signs and run a strong marketing campaign. Then take it a step further: Go out and shake hands; meet your neighbors and talk to them about the area. This will also help with something else you need to do:

Local research.

Experienced entrepreneurs already do this when selecting a location because it’s important to know crime rate and risk of natural disaster.

Are you in a “bad neighborhood”?

The answer will help you figure out how strongly you’ll need to Lock Things Down.

If you speak to a physical security engineer: You’re likely to hear about access controls, intruder obstacles, detection systems, master key systems, security response, selecting countermeasures, record keeping, and many other technical security factors. But for modern business owners it boils down to questions like:

  • Is our current lighting adequate to keep employees and customers safe?
  • Do any of our windows and/or doors need upgrades against force?
  • Do we need an alarm system, security cameras, or a guard patrol?
  • Where should we place our sensitive hardware?
  • Do we need to take any extra precautions against potential fire or water damage?

    It’s important to have both safe facilities and safe policies. So an effective security plan must be comprehensive and integrated, accounting for all sorts of threats. Take the surrounding environment and nature into account. But focus on access control and responding to intruders.

    Fire. Hale. Earthquake. Floods. All scary.

    But human beings are the greatest security threat there is.

    The best course of action is to completely restrict outside access to very sensitive areas and to plan in terms of the worst-case scenario. However, planning against outside threats is only one piece of the puzzle. Inside threats often have even more potential to do damage.

    Avoiding Costly Mistakes and Inside Jobs

    For most businesses, employees are hands-down the greatest security risk.

    Some of it has to do with malicious intent.
    Some of it has to do with bad luck.
    But the majority of it has to do with poor training and systems.

    Regardless, this reality brings a few things into sharp prominence for businesses today.
    Think of it this way:
    1. You need the right people.
    2. You need the right systems.
    3. You need the right training.
    So first things first.

    Secure Hiring

    Smart entrepreneurs look at the hiring process like a filter. It’s your first line of defense against individuals that might do your company harm.
    So follow modern best hiring practices:
    Background checks.
    Social media.
    Past employers.
    Use as many resources as you can to uncover potential cancers before your bring them into your business.
    Remember, the people that work for you are the ones that can most easily walk off with your business’s property or clients’ sensitive data. It is true that you want to secure your property for the sake of your personnel, but you also want to secure your personnel for the sake of your property. Go with a stringent hiring process. This is the best way to find managers and other key personnel who are competent and trustworthy. Your people are the foundation for secure systems of operation.

    Secure Business Systems

    New business owners have many considerations when it comes to how their business is going to function on a day to day basis. For many businesses, restricting access to sensitive data or valuable hardware inside the company is just as important as protecting it against intruders. Installation of new locks, a locked door, and access control systems can go a long way to deterring employee theft.
    No matter how stringent your hiring process, limit who gets a master key or spare key. Use the locksmith near me search to find a 24-hour locksmith near your business location. In fact, save one on speed dial in case of a security emergency or lockout. Restricted access and master key systems help prevent and trace employee theft and burglaries. But beyond locked and unlocked doors, there are all sorts of mundane activities that need strict action plans:

    Think cash management, door opening & closing procedures, and disposal of sensitive paperwork or hardware.
    Every business owner has to make the tough decisions for themselves.

    It won’t matter what systems you decide on if the people you hire don’t know how to put them into place.

    Employee Security Education

    Your great hires can only put your great security policy into practice if they know how.

    Training is the glue that binds your personnel with your security management plans .

    Any savvy manager knows how important training is to individual and team productivity. Ideally, training is in-depth and ongoing.
    Security should be a stated point of emphasis. Also, training should be person to person, from higher rank to lower.
    Because: People adjust. Manuals collect dust.
    With evolving threats, training manuals become outdated very quickly.
    However, ongoing conversations about business security keeps it on the minds of those that work for you.

    Your security management plan definitely sets the tone, but only if it is put into practice. Experienced business owners know this is true of any and every system across their organization. The difference with security is that it won’t make your business, but it certainly can break it. That’s why it is so important to maintain a tight handle on your business’s operations. Furthermore, you should:

    Keep One Eye on the Future

    In every aspect of business, it’s important to stay on the cutting edge. Physical security is no different. It might sound like an old-fashioned topic. But this industry is still evolving to keep up with new threats. Ignore on-site security at your business’s own peril. Far too many new businesses don’t pay enough attention to security policy until it is already too late.

    Don’t make this mistake.
    Instead, do the research, put your systems into place, and adapt as needed.

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