Cybersecurity Tips for Startups

Many people have started new businesses over the last year or so as a result of the pandemic. This could result from people reflecting about their career, looking to earn on the side, or perhaps they have lost their main job. Starting a new business is exciting, but it is vital that every entrepreneur is aware of the threat of cybercrime, particularly in 2021. Cybercrime has skyrocketed as a result of the pandemic, with so many people working remotely, and startups are often targeted as they may not have as strong protection in place as larger businesses. You will not want to get caught out, so read on for a few cybersecurity tips for your new business.

Educate Yourself

First, you should take the time to educate yourself about cybercrime and how you can protect yourself. There is not much point in having the best cybersecurity in place if you do not know how to use it or how to spot common scams, so you should educate yourself and stay current with the latest developments. Reading blogs can be a great way to do this and should help you to find the best ways to protect your new business. If you decide to hire staff, you should also provide training for them as staff negligence is one of the primary reasons that cyber-attacks are successful.

Use the Cloud

Startups should use the cloud, and this is for a few reasons. Working in the cloud can facilitate remote work, keep IT costs down and increase efficiency, but it is also helpful for protecting your business. When you work in the cloud, you will benefit from cybersecurity provided by the cloud provider, so you can rest assured knowing that you are getting a high level of protection.

Managed IT Services

Following this point, it is also worthwhile using managed IT services as a way to protect your business and find the best IT solutions for your business. Experts like LANSolutions LLC can help your startup to utilize the very best technology for success, including protecting your business, migrating to the cloud, providing backup and disaster recovery services, along with IT support for any issues that arise.

Protect Your Accounts

Many people picture hackers using futuristic methods to gain access to important accounts, but the truth is that more often than not, it simply comes down to correctly guessing passwords. This is why you need to make sure that you and your team are protecting your accounts with random, complex passwords that are changed on a regular basis (and not written down anywhere) – you can use a password manager to manage these. You can then add another layer of defense with two-factor authentication and, if possible, biometrics.

Hopefully, these cybersecurity tips will come in useful and help you to protect your new business. Cybercrime is on the rise, with so many people working remotely and startups are frequently targeted, so you need to make cybersecurity a priority to give your startup a chance of success.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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