Coworking spaces are well-known for being creative, in-demand, and accommodating work environments.
From freelancers and small enterprises to huge corporations and hobbyists, coworking spaces attract people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Since each sort of worker has different needs, they need to design the workspace such that it is not only pleasant to be in, but also adequately secure.
After all, businesses need to keep their confidential information and trade secrets safe, thus securing the workplace is critical. One way or another, the security of a coworking space can be violated, whether by cybercriminals or petty thieves. Use these three strategies to make sure yours isn’t, as well.
Ensure the security of your network
Coworkers come from many walks of life, but only one bad apple can ruin the lives of hundreds of others. A strong and secure network is the best way to avoid this from happening – protecting your coworkers’ digital information.
As Wi-Fi networks are frequently targeted by hackers, it’s best to provide each member of your team an own login and password instead of sharing a single one. Consider going a step further and creating personal networks for each member. That way, no matter what happens to one network, the others will be unaffected.
Also, consider purchasing an electric timer to turn off Wi-Fi connectivity while no one is there to monitor it.
Close all of your windows and doors
It may seem self-evident, but having good physical security measures in place is just as crucial as having good internet security. Your coworking space can be kept safe by installing high-quality locks on all of its outside doors and windows, as well as on its storage cabinets.
In the same way, only those members who genuinely work in the building should have access to it. Access codes or smart cards can be used to allow individual entry to users, but offering individual admission to users is arguably the most surefire way to ensure that vital data remains protected.
The cloud-based access control tools available to coworkers also allow you to regulate who has access to certain spaces and rooms. Additionally, you’ll be able to keep track of who’s signed in, so you can keep an eye on what’s going on in your workplace.
Keep an eye out for vandalism or theft
CCTV is an obvious choice for a surveillance system. Having a security camera in place will make it much easier to track down lost or stolen property, even in the most loving neighborhoods. Additionally, you don’t have to physically be present all the time because smart surveillance systems allow you to watch office activity via Wi-Fi even when you’re out of the office.
You should also make sure that your fire alarm system is working properly and that it is checked on a regular basis. Because you care about your coworkers, you must ensure that your office is adequately protected against fires.
As a co-worker:
Many of the measures we’ve described thus far have been directed at the office space owner, but there are a few things members can do as well to keep their data secure.
Think about the following when communicating with others or updating your computer systems on a regular basis or simply paying close attention to what you are saying:
Stay on top of the latest news. Your devices should be protected by installing the most current security software and a reliable antivirus program. Passwords should be changed on a frequent basis, and several accounts should have various variations.
Set a password to prevent unauthorized access. In a private office, locking your screen isn’t as critical, but in a coworking environment, it’s essential. There’s enough time for someone else to see your sensitive information or gain access to your network even if you leave the room for only a few minutes, no matter how brief it may be.
Always be on the lookout. Establishing a good working relationship with your coworkers is beneficial, but you should exercise caution when disclosing sensitive information to them. Keep your words to yourself and don’t reveal anything that isn’t meant for them to know.
Don’t share your devices. Whether it’s your work phone, USB stick, or computer, sharing your gadget with others could put you at risk. Don’t hand away anything that potentially include sensitive company information, no matter how well you think you know the recipient.