Many small businesses do not spend much time thinking about security. We are too busy trying to get everything else done. However, there are some venture capitalists who will insist that our security be increased before they invest on our business. Hence, we really have to ensure security.
One of the simplest yet most effective ways to reducing business threats is by checking out your employees before you hire them, check references and do a background check. Like most preventative measures, it is less expensive than dealing with the consequences, but it does take time.
Secondly, you need to limit the access that employees have to data and to your server. If your server room is locked, but the person in charge of the backups keeps the key in his desk in his cubicle – your server is still not secure! And if your Human Resource person has access to all the digital employee files but keeps his or her password taped to the side of the computer, that data is not secure. Therefore, you should require your employees to use strong passwords and change them regularly. This will cause much grousing, but it’s your business and their jobs, so they will have to live with it.
There are many other things you need to do in order to protect your not only your business’ intellectual property, but its physical properties as well. For more details, read this article: http://nett.com.au/management/protecting-your-business-from-theft