5 Advantages of Having Trained Security Personnel for Your Business

According to a report, the crime rate in Kolkata has increased by over 73% in the last three years. A massive proportion of this percentage, includes criminal activities such as theft, assault, arm robbery and vandalism. Therefore, as an owner of a business in Kolkata, you have every reason to be worried. Crimes like theft, robbery, etc. can affect your business anytime. Therefore, you need to safeguard your business and search for the best security service providers in Kolkata.

Trained Security Personnel Provide a Sense of Safety

Every person likes to attain peace of mind and stay happy. The presence of trained security personnel at the business premise ensures security for you, your employees and the customers as well. When security is ensured, employees can perform their tasks with increased productivity and they are easier to retain. In addition, customers feel that you are highly concerned about their safety.

 

Prevention of Crime

Deploying security guards at your business premises is an ideal step to prevent crime. Burglars will think twice before attempting to sneak into a business premise having security guards on duty. Trained security guards always check suspicious activity. They can take necessary steps in case any security breach has occurred. The presence of the guard at the business premise works better than just having a surveillance camera for preventing crime.

Expert Handling of Criminal Issues

Security guards receive various kinds of training for responding to a crime actively. A security guard can jot down details and pass on to police. Some security guards can detain suspects. The decision lies with business owner whether to hire unarmed or armed guards and the procedures that need to be followed while handling suspects. Hiring trained and licensed security guards from a trustworthy company ensures that guards behave sensibly while encountering criminal issues at a business premise.

Conducts Monitoring Activities

When you hire a reputed security service, it deploys security personnel after analyzing the security requirements of your business. Some security guards are deployed for carrying out patrolling activities while some are deployed for checking credentials, monitoring video surveillance, checking illegal activities or restricting access to sensitive areas.

A security officer has some specific goals. The duties include keeping a close watch on the premises for hours, looking for shoplifters, opening and closing business establishment, etc. By outsourcing these monitoring duties to security guards, you and your employees can be stress free.

Ensures Superb Customer Service

Security personnel can also take care of customer service. A security guard can handle front office operations or can act as a patrolling officer for controlling access to an area. If you run a retail store, a substantial interaction may take place between you and your customers. You may not handle queries of many customers alone. When a security guard is deployed, he or she can assist customers to make a quick purchase decision. A security guard can also escort customers to parking lots. Therefore, hiring security guards signify that your business is secure and you care for your customers.

Deploying a security guard at your business premise ensures peace of mind for your employees and customers. Contact the best security guard services in Kolkata today and secure your business.

Fire Safety Management Services….Are they worth it?

Kolkata is a beautiful but congested city. The city landscape is dotted with tall buildings breathing down each other’s neck. The landscape, in a way, mirrors the Kolkata’s unique culture of warmth and conviviality. But during summers, the same landscape becomes a bane. Come Summers and the city newspapers are peppered with news on Fire Incidents. News of Factories, Offices, Residences falling prey to this nature’s force becomes a daily affair. So, If you think that you need to safeguard your property only against burglars and saboteur and that only a Robust Security System is enough, Think Again!!

Fire is one of the most devastating forces of nature and can devastate your years of hard work in no time.

Most companies understand the importance of Fire Safety Management, but do not have the requisite in-house expertise to ensure the same.

The need thus, is not of vendors who just provide piecemeal solutions but professional Fire Safety Management Service Providers who can take care of the entire gamut of activities needed to ensure proper Fire Safety of all stake holders. These Service providers should not only be able to carry out comprehensive fire risk assessment but also identify fire hazards, plan firefighting & fire evacuation policy, install & maintain fire related equipment and carry out necessary Fire Training.

 

Steps to safeguard your property against Fire:

Step 1: Call a Professional Fire Management Service Provider. The Fire Safety professionals will inspect the premises and carry out a comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment taking into account the layout of the building, number of entries and exits, the nature of activities being carried out, presence of combustible material, number of occupants, types & state of fire detection & firefighting equipment, Fire Signage etc. This is done in consultation and coordination with the Fire & Safety officer of the building or in his absence, the Security manager.

Step 2: Based on the Assessment report, if required, maintain or install all Fire detection & Firefighting systems as recommended. Remember, Fire can be fought with in-house resources only during the initial stage of Fire which may last for only a few minutes. Hence, faster the Fire Detection and the Firefighting, the better chance one has of controlling fire

Step 3: Employ an experienced Fire Safety Officer or Fire Man if you don’t have one already

Step 4: Put a Firefighting team into place. The members of the team once chosen, should be properly trained in Fire Detection System and the usage of various Fire Fighting equipment like Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose, Fire Reel etc. Ensure that all members identify and understand their role during any Fire Incident. All members must also have a backup member to cover up for them in case of any absence

Step 5: Ensure that you have a proper Fire Evacuation Policy in place. This is a comprehensive document consisting of details on Building layout, Location of various Fire Fighting Equipment, Fire Fighting Drills, Fire Fighting Team, Fire Evacuation team etc. Remember, Fire Evacuation Policy of each building is unique and different.

Step 6: Ensure proper Fire Signages & Emergency lighting arrangements are put in place as required. During most Fire Outbreaks, the electricity is among the first things to go off and the above two play an invaluable role at that time incase of an evacuation.

A Competent Fire Safety Management Services should be able to guide and handhold you through all these steps

Two-factor authentication (2FA) versus two-step verification (2SV)

As we go about our online lives, many of us have considered enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification (2SV) on our accounts. Both measures introduce another element into a service’s login process. For that reason, plenty of reputable sources online have left the impression that there is no difference between the two concepts.

But those reports are wrong.

In this article, I will put to rest the difference between 2FA and 2SV.

What is an authentication factor?

Before we explore the difference between 2FA and 2SV, it is important to first touch upon what happens when we sign into an account.

Each login process depends upon the user submitting an authentication factor, or asSearchSecurity puts it, an “independent category of credential used for identity verification.”

Authentication factors come in three different types: knowledge factors (“something you know”), possession factors (“something you have”), and inherence factors (“something you are”).

The weakness of the password

Most online accounts today are configured to support single-factor authentication (SFA) by default. Those accounts more often than not require that a user submit a knowledge factor in the form of a password.

By now, we’re all familiar with how inadequate passwords can be for protecting our accounts.

This insecurity rests with the demands of robust password security: first, users must accept the onus of creating long, complex passwords that are unique for each of their accounts; and second, they must either commit those passwords to memory or store them somewhere safe; and third, if a site is compromised they need to change their passwords to similarly long, complex combination.

All these steps have certain costs.

Humans are notoriously bad at dreaming up passwords that are sufficiently strong and hard to crack. Fortunately, some password managers such as Dashlane, LastPass and 1Password have the ability to generate strong passwords for a user.

Humans typically find that “secure” passwords are difficult to remember and take time to manually enter character-by-character on a keyboard. To respond to that difficulty, there are now a number of password managers that store and auto-fill users’ complex passwords via browser extensions. However, many of these services require a paid subscription – something in which some users might not want to invest.

Finally, changing passwords after a security scare is a time-consuming burden. Usually is not an automatic process, although some password managers are beginning to offer such functionality on a growing but nevertheless select list of sites.

For all of these reasons, users may choose to skimp on their password security. Web services recognize this tendency. Some have opted for more secure forms of SFA, such as biometrics. Others have responded by implementing 2FA or 2SV. A select few have done both.

2SV: An expansion of SFA

Two-step verification is perhaps the easiest way by which web services can respond to the costs of password-based SFA. A common manifestation of this feature (if activated on an account) proceeds as follows: when you enter in your username and password, you are then sent a one-time code via email, SMS, or phone call to your computer or pre-verified device. You must enter in that code within a specified amount of time in order to access your account. If you don’t, the code expires, and you will need to have another code sent to you.

As a user called “tyler1” notes in a discussion forum on StackExchange, this method of signing in may at first appear to be two-factor authentication.

But it isn’t.

Even though you yourself do not know the code beforehand, the code is not fundamentally different from the password. In fact, they belong to the same authentication factor: both are pieces of information, that is, “something you know.”

With this in mind, two-step (or multi-step) verification simply expands SFA by requiring that the user submit several distinct verification occurrences that all fall under the same one of the three authentication factors discussed above.

And, as we have seen in recent malware attacks, it is becoming for malware to intercept a two-step verification tokens as it is transmitted to the user and share them with criminals.

2FA: A whole new ballgame

By now, you might have an idea as to how two-factor authentication differs from 2SV.

Rather than building upon SFA, 2FA requires that a user enter two distinct verification occurrences that each belong to their own separate category of credentials. This may take the form of a user entering a password (“something you know”) followed by depressing their thumb on a fingerprint scanner (“something you are”).

It may also consist of the stuff of spy thrillers: someone swipes their keycard in a door-locking mechanism (“something you have”) and then has their irises verified by an eye scanner (“something you are”).

Smart cards and Yubikeys further add to the list of possible 2FA combinations.

Quintessentially, two-factor authentication hinges on the reality that it is more difficult for an attacker to compromise two authentication factors rather than just one, such as the knowledge that is required for someone to enter their password and a generated SMS code. With that in mind, it is reasonable to say that when implemented properly, 2FA is more secure than 2SV in-so-far as it introduces an additional factor of authentication.

Conclusion

There you have it. While two-step verification merely expands SFA by requiring two distinct verification occurrences of one authentication factor, two-factor authentication requires two occurrences that each falls under a different different category of credential.

Now that we know understand the difference between 2FA and 2SV, it’s important that we see both them in action. Towards that end, I will walk through how you can set up two-step verification on your Google account in an upcoming article.