According to the SANS Institute, network security is defined as, “the process of taking physical and software preventative measures to protect the underlying networking infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, malfunction, modification, destruction, or improper disclosure, thereby creating a secure platform for computers, users and programs to perform their permitted critical functions within a secure environment.”
It should develop stronger security in any business. Your employees may be smart, diligent, tech-savvy individuals, but there’s no limit to the ingenuity of cybercriminals. Frequent, creative security awareness training can help cultivate an information security culture right from the start.
New vulnerabilities appear almost daily because it’s just not possible to catch all of them before software or a security strategy goes live. However, you must be proactive about catching these weak points before malicious actors do. We recommend:
Formal policies and procedures aren’t just for the big companies – startups should have them in place, too. Policies help you standardize security across your entire startup, keeping everyone on the same page. They also help make abnormal behaviors or unusual activity on the network much easier to spot.
Did you know that as many as 45 percent of employees hide cybersecurity incidents instead of
reporting them? That’s one of the worst things that can happen because incidents resolve with the
best outcome when they’re addressed promptly. However, this happens when a blame culture
exists and staff is afraid of repercussions, such as being fired or even sued.
You can combat this by encouraging an environment of open communication. Make it easy for your employees to report potential incidents and reassure them that they won’t be punished if they fall for some clever scheme concocted by a criminal.
Startups cannot afford any extra expenses, least of all an expensive breach that scares off investors and customers. The strategies we’ve provided are steps that anyone can take to improve the network security in their startup. They’re simple, quick, and can help you build a solid security foundation that signals to investors or customers that you take their data seriously. Implement effective security controls the first time around, and enjoy staying focused on business in the future.