In general, startups are lean, fast, data-driven, and forward-thinking, making them prime users of cutting-edge tools, big data, and cloud-based technology. However, these fast-paced, high-stakes environments also make security critical, and regardless of workload, startups can’t afford to let security fall to the wayside. In fact, with the right security and tools in place, startups can fuel faster, more effective growth and position themselves for smooth scaling.
In this blog, we’ll cover the common challenges startups face when securing users and their devices — especially in the increasingly common remote or hybrid workplace — and solutions to help you continue growing quickly and successfully.
(For a deeper look into securing your startup’s cloud infrastructure and applications, check out our companion startup security blog).
Lead with Documentation and Training
Employees can’t possibly uphold security policies they’re not aware of or don’t understand – especially when working in an unsupervised environment, like a remote workspace. Organizations need to create a security program that specifies their security standards and policies and train employees on them to cultivate a security-oriented company culture.
The security program doesn’t need to be a complex or long document; in fact, a clear, concise program for your employees is likely to work much better than a long list of items that they need to do or be aware of. The right security program gets your employees thinking about how they protect their personal data, accounts, and access because they understand the significance.
As security experts know, the most critical component in the security chain is the user. No matter how great the systems in place or the processes, a mistake by an individual can render all of those safeguards useless. Conversely, an educated employee using strong security practices can dramatically increase the level of security in the organization. While each organization’s security program will vary, consider including the following foundational items in yours to cover the most common and dangerous threats.