Cybersecurity Checklist: The Top 10 Things Your Startup Needs

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the cybersecurity terms, tools, and tips being thrown around these days. But based on our experience working with hundreds of startups and growth companies, the basic vulnerabilities are the same across the board, but the vast majority of small companies don’t have them covered.

Our advice? Don’t buy into the cycle of worrying about the latest security threat and its expensive solutions; focus on making sure you have the basics covered with cost-effective (and sometimes even free!) tools and policies. Once you do, you’ll be in better shape than most of your peers.

Where does your company stand? Answer these 10 questions to find out:

  1. Do you have an information security policy in place that covers how users should protect the company’s information and what to do in case of potential security incidents?

  2. Do you offer a basic security education program for new hires and/or recurring training for all employees supported by testing and reporting?

  3. Can you be sure your employees aren’t using the same weak password to log into all their apps and services?

  4. Do you have a centralized system that ensures every workstation has a strong password, the latest OS updates and security patches, up-to-date antivirus, DNS filtering, and disk encryption?

  5. Can you remotely wipe or lock workstations and mobile devices if they’re lost or stolen?

  6. Are you sure none of your workstations or servers is running an old OS that’s no longer supported, making it extremely vulnerable to security attacks?

  7. Does each office network have an enterprise-grade firewall with intrusion prevention and malware protection?

  8. Is your WiFi set up with a guest network and user-specific passwords (as opposed to a single shared password) on your internal network?

  9. Are your critical cloud services (e.g., email, file share, anything with confidential info) protected by multi-factor authentication (log in requires both a password and an app or code on your phone)?

  10. Do you have a rigorous and reliable process for immediately cutting off access to every service when an employee is terminated?

How many questions did you answer “Yes” to?

8 – 10: Congratulations! Your organization is like a house with deadbolts on each door and a security system in place. It’s protected from all but the most skilled burglars.

5 – 7: Good job covering some basics! Your organization is like an average house with a typical lock on each door. It can stop amateur criminals, but a skilled one won’t have much trouble getting in.

0 – 4: You’re very vulnerable! Your doors are unlocked and you’re mostly relying on luck or a low profile to keep out of trouble.

Want to get your score up? At Kinetix, this stuff is our bread and butter, and we have lots of options from “basics to keep you safe for the lowest cost” to “ace the quiz with the best of the best cybersecurity” and everything in between. Let us know how we can help!