Like it or not, the world is a dangerous place. And businesses, perhaps more than any other entity in our society, are the victims. People target businesses all the time for the value that they contain. If a criminal can get access to a company’s premises, then they can often make enormous sums of money at the expense of the firm.
Businesses, therefore, need a budget: a pot of money that they set aside for security matters. The problem is that many companies don’t do this kind of planning. There’s a view that security breaches are something that always happens to other firms, not to the company that a person represents.
Of course, that’s a problem. No business is safe, no matter how small. Every company needs a security budget of some sort. Here’s why.
The majority of businesses will, unfortunately, experience a security-related setback at some point, whether physical or digital. Eventually, criminals will find a way to exploit a weakness in your defenses and cause you damage.
Most prudent businesses know this, so they cordon off a section of their security budget to provide capital that allows them to bounce back.
Bouncing back could mean different things to different businesses. For a company that suffers a data breach, bouncing back could mean having the money available to back up and restore their systems. For an enterprise that falls victim to a physical violation of some kind, that extra cash could mean upgrading barriers, doors and security systems.
As your business grows, so too do your security issues. You often need more security, the larger your company gets and the more clients you take on.
The problem, however, is planning for that growth. You might like to expand, but if you don’t take account of additional security considerations, you could be operating in a vacuum. Company managers need to know how much expansion is going to cost, including increases in security costs. Without a security budget in place, that becomes impossible.
While security is something that costs money to implement, it often has the pleasant effect of reducing expenditure overall.
When security breaches happen, things can go wrong for a firm very quickly. Physical theft of data, for instance, can lead to a stall in operations, causing revenue to go unrealized. Businesses need continuity if they are to be successful. Security breaches can also lead to lost assets, intellectual property, customers, and litigation. All of these issues are very expensive and to be avoided wherever possible.
Budgeting for security helps you to plan your defenses and reduce the likelihood that you’ll suffer a damaging breach: the fewer security incidences you have, the better for your company. Finally, having a security budget lets you see where you’re spending money in the first place. You may find that you’re putting money into strategies which, ultimately, do not yield positive returns for your business.
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