Top 10 Tips to Secure your Startup
If you've been keeping up with the news, you've probably noticed a few recent reports about companies being breached on a daily basis. The rate of cybercrimes has grown exponentially and is consistent with the growth of technology.
The cyber-attacks do not separate between startups or large enterprises. All entities are subjected to such attacks and each should put different countermeasures to protect its valuable assets.
CyberTalents is summarizing 10 simple tips entrepreneurs can use to help in securing their startups
Tip 1 => Physical Security
Securing your company from a software perspective is great but physical security is always the KING. Physical security breaches can result in more issues for an organization than a worm attack.
Without strong physical security an organization can spend thousands of dollars on antivirus, firewalls, and intrusion prevention systems only to have confidential data stolen by a USB flash drive!.
Tip 2 => Prioritize your Valuable Assets
You can't secure everything. Prioritize your valuable assets and list their top threats and risks. This will help you to use your budget, effort, and time wisely.
Tip 3 => Attack yourself First
Doing a regular penetration testing is very important to evaluate the security of your startup. It is recommended to do it every 6 months or more depending on what your budget.
Tip 4 => Who has Access?
Don't give your employees access to all assets whether it is servers, documents, or others. Minimize administrative privileges and only use administrative accounts whenever required.
Implement focused auditing on the use of administrative privileged functions and monitor for anomalous behavior.
Tip 5 => Social Engineering and Manipulation
Social Engineering is the attempt to get employees of the company to reveal confidential information without using a single line of code. It has proven to be, by far, the easiest avenue into any network.
To avoid any social engineering attack, Employees need be aware of the information they are releasing.
Tip 6 => Review your Code
Find mistakes overlooked in software development to improve the overall quality of your software. Reviews are done in various forms such as pair programming, informal walkthroughs, and formal inspections.
There are many ways that will help you to review your code either within your team or with the help of one of the talents in CyberTalents platform
Tip 7 => Your Website is your Image
There are many things to secure in your startup but your website is on top of that list. Protect your website with a WAF (Web Application Firewall).
Tools like Cloudflare can stop some of the basic malwares out there.
Tip 8 => Prepare for the Hit
It is all about your incident response. All companies big and small are subjected to cyber-attacks. The only difference is how they will respond. Put scenarios and keep your disaster recovery plan ready. Also, make sure to test the plan from time to time.
Tip 9 => Encrypt as You go
Smart startups act as if they have already been breached. Minimize the risk of data leakage by encrypting your data and communications. Using SSL certificate is a good start.
Tip 10 => Educate your Employees
Your employees should all be on the lookout. As an entrepreneur, you should be there to give them some guidelines. Many attacks can be avoided if your employees have a little background on cyber security and the types of threats the company can face.
There are many events that are held in Egypt to raise the level of information security for either students, professionals or companies. One of those events is cairosecuritycamp which provide education via training, conferences and webinars.
For a startup, security is crucially important for its success. It is very easy for a startup to fail if it does not care about its security. Following the tips mentioned above is a good start and can prevent your business from basic attacks.
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