An interesting thought on the the possibility of data pilferage and how easy it may be for someone who services your office.
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So how many of us think our serviced offices are secure?
Work finishes, you tidy up and go home. Thousands, perhaps millions of us do this every day. Next day, you have a clean place to work. Magic!
But what happens in between. The magic is not automatic. People do arrive and clean. But how do they get in?
Keys of course, the same keys as you use to lock the door behind you and open it in front of you. Oh no, you might say, we don’t pay for the cleaners… we do it ourselves. The cleaners might not know that.
Not a problem for most yet when the IT is down or the phone bill is up, people start asking questions
A massive phone bill will be noticed. The issue is the unnoticed. Data pilferage is on the increase. Cleaning companies don’t pay their staff a living wage so they’re susceptible to offers of bribes or worse. Imagine that, the lowest paid workers in the entire EU and they’re wondering around our offices unaided.
Of course the massive company that you pay for cleaning recruit the best. They’re recruitment process is second to none. That’s why they “lost” security guards just before the Olympics. Because they are so well organised. Fail.
Check your insurance!
If you are looking for insurance on a serviced office, check that the security requirements don’t mean your doors have to be locked before they pay for a break in. Or keep the cleaners out by sticking a hotel style “not today thank you” sign on your door.
Wrap up: Those offering you office space will tell you what they want you to hear in order to select their space so ensure you dig deeper to find out about the insurance history of the premises.
The locks on offices ain’t London are woefully inadequate when compared to the locks insurance companies require. If it needs to be replaced, get the landlord to replace it before you sign on the dotted line. Use it as a bargaining chip.