Cybersecurity - WHAT? I am a Start-up!

August 14, 2017

The threat of cyber attack comes from all angles and is ever-evolving. Start-ups make up a huge share of a Nation’s intellectual capital and business growth; therefore Cybersecurity cannot be seen as a "luxury" they cannot afford.

 

As a start-up, cybersecurity is something of the future because the focus is about getting the product or services to the consumers in hope of generating sufficient revenue to then allocate to security. However, investors, consumers, and regulators are requesting to have start-ups and businesses to have a security plan. Cybersecurity is going to be part of your business plan and investor pitch.

 

Why? Because of the reliance on technology such as your laptop, tablets, planning, blueprints, intellectual property, usage of cloud services to store information places you at great risk from day ONE.

 

Cyber criminals are targeting startups and small business because of:

 

  • Vulnerable state

  • Financial restraints

  • Lack of knowledge

  • Lack of urgency

  • Not a priority

  • Lack of IT resources or expertise to implement and manage security systems

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Startups are incredibly vulnerable to cyber attacks in their first 18 months

  • 60% of smaller companies go out of business within 6 months of a breach 

  • Having a breach will result in down time and reputational damage

        (Source: National Cyber Security Alliance)

 

 

 

 

 

Cos t effective ways for start-ups to protect from a data breach:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Establish data security policies to encompass file sharing

  • Establish BYOD (Bring your own devices) policies

  • Choose the right Cloud provider and review their security plan

  • Create a Security Plan and Security Team

  • Security Awareness Training for your team and employees

  • Allocate a budget for security as part of your start-up costs

  • Outsource your IT and Security needs

  • Have continuous monitoring

  • Encrypt your system and mobile devices

  • Minimize the amount of protected information in your possession

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Start-ups and businesses need to know and understand how important cybersecurity is to the survival of their business. Cybersecurity needs to be part of your business plan and consulting a third party security professional is key.

 

 Cybersecurity needs to play a big role in the start-ups risk management assessment, just like intellectual property protection, having the right team and funding. Start-ups build a team around them to include board members and advisors from different backgrounds who will help them achieve their goals and properly structure their company. Don’t forget your Security Advisor – who will play a key role to building your legacy.

 

 

Here are 10 Steps to Cybersecurity for Startups:

  1. Business Cyber Risk Analysis   

     

  2. Embrace Security in Your Culture

  3. Select the Right Platforms

  4. Email is the Master Key

  5. Your Web Site is the Front Door

  6. Secure Coding

  7. Control the Internal Network

  8. Physical Security

  9. Plan for Failure

  10. Be Open with the Public

 

Choose the battles based on risk and cost.

 

Start-ups have to improve their cybersecurity programs because it will translate into decreased chances of breaches, customer trust, credibility, brand value, and a responsible company. If not in place, reputation and brand damage will put you out of business before you start and eradicate your dreams. Cybersecurity is vital to your existence.

 

Remember the following when thinking twice about Cybersecurity:

  • An early starter may be concerned about how your data is handled and stored

  • A founder experiences some sleepless nights because of the news about cyber attacks that you read on a daily basis

  • An investor fears that a cyber attack could make your money go to waste before ever seeing ROI

  • Consumers are worried about the safeguarding of their personal information

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

If you don’t protect your company, who will?

Resources:

http://www.nationalcybersecurityinstitute.org/general-public-interests/emerging-cybersecurity-startups-and-their-impact/

https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2016/11/new-nist-guide-helps-small-businesses-improve-cybersecurity

https://www.startups.co/articles/why-cybersecurity-should-be-a-priority-for-new-entrepreneurs

https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/c3vp/Startups_Think_About_Cybersecurity_on_Day_1.pdf

 

About RB Advisory LLC

 

Companies around the world rely on RB Advisory LLC for their Cyber Risk Management solutions and services to help protect their most important assets – data, clients, and their people. RB Advisory LLC provides cyber risk management, security risk assessments, compliance services, security plans, privacy and security consultations for private sector and government. Our clientele spans from Healthcare, Financial, Legal, Government, Education, and Energy industry.

 

Our clients experience peace of mind and value.

 

Let’s talk:

www.rbadvisoryllc.com

info@rbadvisoryllc.com

407.796.8079

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