When thinking about cybersecurity, most of us naturally imagine threats involving technology. We imagine hackers going after smart devices or trying to gain access to sensitive information. While this is definitely the reality, it isn’t the whole picture. Physical security presents a very real challenge in information security. All the best security in the world could fall apart if your physical security is lacking. We will cover some of the most basic forms of physical security that can protect your data and give you ideas on behaviors to avoid.
The most basic form of security is physical security. For example, if you lock your house when you leave for work that is a layer of physical security. While cybersecurity aims to defend things stored digitally, physical security relates to real tangible assets. However, physical security is about more than just standing guard and having good keys. There are internal, external, and human threats to consider.
An example of an internal threat might be fire, humidity, or structural damage. These threats should be minimized by using fireproofing or securing your data centers. External threats include lightning strikes, earthquakes, and other unexpected disasters.
There are also human threats. Your employees can count as human threats if they’re negligent. Human threats also include people who break in, steal, vandalize, or commit physical acts against your company, like an active shooter. Many human threats can be mitigated by restricting access to important computers, locking doors, and employee training.