As many cybersecurity experts say, no company– regardless of its nature or size – is safe from cyber attacks. In this age where businesses rely so heavily on data and information, it is not surprising why even startups are being targeted by cybercriminals.
It is also well-known fact that hackers have equal – if not better – skills and resources than most startup businesses. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, it is imperative for business owners to take it more seriously and make it a core part of their business operations.
Is Cybersecurity Affecting Only Big Corporations?
Many startups and small business owners think that hackers only target high-profile organizations. However, a study from Ponemon Institute revealed that 55% of SMEs experienced some form of cyber attack.
As long as your business uses an Internet-connected computing device or has an online presence such as website, social media, or cloud storage accounts, you are at risk of getting hacked. Adding more to the risk is that most SMEs have no dedicated IT department to deal with this kind of issues. This is why it is important for startups to make data security a shared responsibility across all members.
Cybersecurity Trends For 2018
This year, we can expect that cybersecurity will continue to be an important topic in the startup scene. To give you a glimpse of what might take place in the cybersecurity landscape in 2018, here are the key takeaways by TeleMessage.
- Increased Data Breach Accidents from Unsecured IoT Devices
- Cyber Extortion and Data Breaches to Increase in Frequency
- More IT Security Professionals Doubt Their Organization’s Cybersecurity Capabilities
- Cyber Warfare and Breaches Will Have the Greatest Negative Impact on Organizations
- Cybersecurity as Strategic Priority
- More Focus on Regulatory Compliance
What security measures does your startup have in place? Have hackers ever attacked your company? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.