Though we wish we still lived in a world of unlocked doors and keys left in the ignition, a few instances early this year brought a reminder that those days are gone: The January killing of six people at a California postal facility; multiple reports of laptops containing critical information being lost or stolen; and the contentious debate around Dubai Ports World's potential involvement with U.S. ports. All highlight the variety of risks faced by businesses today. Even if yours is a small company, the threat of theft, industrial espionage, computer hacking, workplace violence, and terrorism are all too real to ignore. Every business needs a security plan to protect itself and its employees, investors, and customers.

An effective security plan addresses multiple avenues of risk, as threats can emerge from almost anywhere. The first step is simply acknowledging that it can happen to your business; then, take a realistic look at your vulnerabilities and prioritize your efforts to address them. A few suggestions to consider:

What Lying Might Lead To
Lying on resumes and job applications is an all too common fraud. While such personal puffery is often viewed as harmless, it may be indicative of a willingness to mislead on other matters of importance. To be more certain of candidates you're considering, conduct background checks, including both criminal and financial; you may unearth information key to the hiring decision. Ensuring all paperwork is valid, whether social security cards, green cards or other documents that indicate identity, is an important part of that process. While these verifications of the hiring decision you want to make are not inexpensive, moving forward without them can be a costly mistake.