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If you are enjoying the first few months of bliss after launching your own business, then you are one of the lucky ones. Many people find the first few weeks challenging as they try to find their feet in a competitive market place. However, others find that their comprehensive planning, market research and determination pays off to create a startup that hits the ground running. It doesn’t matter how successful your business becomes, it’s vital that you are able to protect it. After all, what is the point in having such crucial assets if you cannot keep them safe. Cybercrime is becoming more and more prevalent in the twenty first century. What are you going to do to keep your startup secure?


If you have staff, it’s essential that they are trained in all aspects of cybersecurity as described at You should invite specialists in for a half day training annually. This will ensure that all new starters receive up to date training, and that your current staff regularly receive a refresher. At the very least, staff should be aware of the importance of random alphanumeric passwords and the need to change them every two months. Ensure that your staff are fully aware of the dodgy looking email attachment. They should know never to open one, and to alert the appropriate person within your company. Set up a cybersecurity charter that every staff member signs up to (including yourself) to put the onus on your staff. This way, they will take more care when accessing files and emailing clients.


If you are not Internet or computer savvy, it might be time to consider outsourcing this business function to the professionals. Cybersecurity is a crucial aspect of your business. Large organizations such as the NHS in the UK have been hit by malware attacks so you might wonder how your little enterprise is going to cope. If you visit a site like you will see the sorts of encryption and defence strategies they can use to keep your company safe. Much more secure than simply using a firewall, you will also have your files backed up regularly to ensure that your startup can continue functioning as normal even if the worst happens.

Flexible Working

While working from home is all the rage, it can also make your company less secure. If your marketing manager wants to do their work in their favorite coffee shop, the chances are they are hooking up to an unsecured network, leading to less secure working. Ensure that your team know that they cannot access the most sensitive files away from the office. You can even put a block on their ability to access these files. Apply a need to know policy, ensuring that only those people who need to view the most confidential data can do so. This way, your startup’s files and data will be as safe as possible.

Cybersecurity is a vital aspect of your business plan. Master the art of keeping your company safe by following this guide.

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