Request Callback
Home security vs. office security – what’s the difference?

Security, unfortunately, is not ‘one size fits all’. Many think that adopting the same regimes for your home security and your office security is enough to be safe. It very seldom is.

Standard safety procedures such as locking doors and having alarms are paramount for both, but your finite security checklists should definitely differ from home to office.

Home security

Home security is definitive of the “means or method by which something is secured through a system of interworking components and devices”. There’s no one way to conduct your home safety regimes, but there are some things worth bearing in mind:

  • You should have a secure alarm system fitted in your home.
  • Keys should only be left with those that you trust and not around or outside of the house.
  • Doors should be locked. Speak to a reputable locksmith about the most secure door locking mechanisms. (Only 4 in 10 people lock their doors when leaving the house which seriously jeopardizes your safety).

You can read more on home security best practices over on our blog.

Office security

While you should still be doing the above in your office too, there is also more to consider. Home security is vital to protect yourself and your family from both online and offline threats. But office security involves protecting the details of others (employees, clients etc.) too.

You can read all about office security on our blog, but here are some of the most common things to be kept in mind:

  • All paper documents should be shredded once they are no longer needed.
  • Files should be safely stored and managed, both online and offline.
  • Passwords should be complex, should differ and should never be written down.

What’s the difference between home security and office security?

We brushed over the surface above, but what’s the actual difference between the two? Can’t you just use the same security procedures for both home and office because, after all, security is security?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Fitting an alarm alone won’t protect your office, just like installing a filing cabinet won’t protect your home. Security (especially document security) is an intricate topic and it’s always best to consult expert advice.

For both home and office alike, you’re going to need a comprehensive security regime – but they shouldn’t be identical.

Your home security should focus on the points made above, with extra focus placed on ensuring that your house is externally protected. This can be done via secure key management, alarm systems and neighbourhood watch schemes.

 Your office security, on the other hand should be more document centric. Most offices will store a wide range of personal details that are subjectable to the risk of theft both online and offline.

Not only does a sound security regime reduce this threat, but it also ensures that your business is on the right path to being GDPR compliant.

Security is paramount no matter where you are. At home, you have yourself and your family to protect. At work, you have yourself, your business and your co-workers to protect. There is always somebody or something else relying on you having ample security measures – so make sure that you get them right.

To find out more about how document management services can help keep your digital and physical records secure, contact us.

Posted on: August 14th, 2018