Cyber Security – A To-Do List for Startups


If you don’t use the internet within your start-up company, you’re missing out on a great deal of benefits. For any small business, the internet can be a very cost-effective tool for marketing, social networking, sales and brand awareness. Setting up an online shop is surprisingly easy to do, and the comparative low costs of running it are one of the reasons many start-ups choose to work predominantly from online.

However, no matter how you use the internet in your growing company, you’re going to be susceptible to some security risks. It is of utmost importance that IT security is factored into your business plan, as when companies are affected by hackers and viruses, it can cause serious trouble to the flow of business.

1. Malware protection

Any IT equipment you and your employees will use needs to be adequately protected from malicious software.

Viruses and malware come in a variety of forms and attack your IT equipment in varying levels. Viruses such as worms, Trojan horses, diallers and spyware can not only severely compromise the running of computers, but can in some cases take control of company assets such as emails.

Adware is another malicious program which can severely affect your start-up model, as potential customers find themselves inundated with spam messages from your company. In addition, IT equipment within the office can become inundated with adverts and popups.

Always install a good antivirus program on all IT equipment to ensure the smooth running of internet interactions.

2. Keeping track

Log analysis is essential for keeping track of network security, but doing so can be incredibly time consuming. For many administrators, there’s the prospect of looking over millions of files to check for any suspicious activity. But according to a 2013 Symantec report analyzing 26,000 cyber-attacks, many attacks are targeted at businesses with few technical administrators.

Commenting on the findings, Andrew Mason, Technical Director and co-founder of security and compliance company, RandomStorm, said, “SMBs are likely to have fewer IT specialists on the staff. Therefore, there is limited resource to manage the risk to the SMB network. Organised criminals have recognized this fact and we have seen an increase in cyber-attacks on smaller businesses in the last three years. Criminals will go for the easiest targets.”

Making this easy is a relatively new innovation of StormAgent, which is capable of tracking millions of log files and finding unusual logs and record the time and date for each one. This log management from internet security experts RandomStorm, is a great investment not only to save time, but keep tabs on whether your network is being accessed by any outside sources.

With threats spotted in good time, you’ll save yourself a great deal of hassle. Don’t wait until your business computer resources and projects are compromised before you take action, fortunately for you, there are tools and programs that are capable of securing your internal and online  computer assets from danger now.

3. Staying savvy

Viruses are becoming more complex all the time; hackers are constantly finding new ways of breaking into work networks and scam users by email. By staying up to date with the kind of security threats you can expect, and training your staff well regarding security threats, you’ll have much greater success in keeping the internet safe for your company.

Always manage user privileges, and implement internal network security with password protection so no one without permission to view certain files or functions can access them. If  you do encounter a virus, address it immediately to prevent the loss of data or the compromise of your work progress.

Continue to upkeep a good standard of security, and you could see your start-up business really flourish in the online world before you know it.


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