5 Cloud Security Tips for Emerging Tech Companies

By Travis Wilkins

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True or false: Companies born in the cloud naturally understand security.

Young and tech-savvy companies running in the cloud often deal with the same cloud security issues as larger organizations that are moving to the cloud from legacy or on-prem solutions. In fact, the unique requirements of tech companies — like continuous development cycles and cutting-edge, rapidly evolving processes — can sometimes add even more complexity to security. If you fall into this camp, you may find this blog useful. In it, we’ve rounded up some of our best advice so you can learn how to strengthen your cloud security posture and start building out a cloud security strategy starting now, without a big drain on your budget and resources.

1. Start Where You Are

Tech companies (especially startups) have a lot going on at any given moment. On a day-to-day basis, security is not likely to be the number-one priority. We can tackle it later, you might think. Except with security, the best time to act is always now.

Here’s the deal. Even if you’re not ready to invest in security monitoring or build a full-on security operations center, there’s a lot you can do to make sure you are moving in the right direction. Here are five security recommendations to get you going:

  1. Start by making sure you understand what your security objectives are, where you are in your security journey, where you’re covered, and where you’re not. This will give you a framework to use when planning security measures. (Take a look at the “Your Company” section of this post for questions that will help you define your situation and objectives.)
  2. Recognize that all companies big, small, tech-focussed or not, are subject to risk and fortunately, there are security solutions that can help every type of company. So no matter your budget or goals, there’s something that will reduce risk and strengthen your security. (Also keep in mind that no one solution will address all your requirements.)
  3. Prioritize visibility above all else. If you can see what’s going on throughout your environment, you can make good decisions about how to keep it secure.
  4. Pick solution providers that embrace security, educate their customers, and have products that integrate with your current stack. The best tools will help you achieve security, not give you one more thing that will add to your administrative burden.
  5. Build a security roadmap. It’s okay if you can’t check everything off the list today, because security is an ongoing process. But a roadmap will help you keep track of priorities and take meaningful steps to achieve continuous improvement, and that’s the name of the game.

2. Kick Off a Security Awareness Program

Along with the five steps outlined above, it’s important that you get buy-in and appropriate involvement from your whole team. If your employees and stakeholders understand how they are a key part of the security equation, it’s more likely they will avoid risky behavior, report suspicious emails or websites, and ask questions when something doesn’t Go to the full article.

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