Blog: the cyber security survival guide for startups

As one of the biggest tech conferences, Slush in Helsinki brings together over 20.000 visitors including cutting-edge innovators and influencers. And YES!Delft was there! Through a series of blogs, we bring you the most inspirational talks and ideas from Helsinki over this holiday season. Today, in part one, we will talk about a pivotal theme: cyber security for startups.

How much of a concern is cyber security for a startup, or really, should be? In the fast moving culture of startups deployment takes precedence over consideration how everything in the code is connected. On the other hand, customers are becoming increasingly interested in security. After all, one hack can ruin a company.

Frans RosÈn, Security Advisor at Detectify and Jesse Kinser, Director of Product Security at LifeOmic spoke with HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos about cyber security for startups. These are the key learnings from their discussion:


It’s all about culture
By making security a core value in your startup and researching best practices will pay dividends in the future.

Jesse is very clear on the subject: You need to start thinking about security from the very beginning. Build a culture from day one that everybody will know that security is important. You donít need to be a security person to know security is important.

It’s a team effort
Even before you have reached the point where you have one person dedicated to security, educate and involve the whole team. Reach out to the community. Make cheat sheets where everyone, tech and non-tech, can answer the most common security questions.

Frans further encourages this: How do you deal with vulnerabilities, security, and being safer than your competitors are strong selling points.

You can watch the whole discussion here.

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