Security and Infrastructure Advice For Tech Startups

Filed under News by Adam Torkildson on September 6, 2016 at 9:46 AM

The dream of many a Millennial currently is to hit the jackpot with a tech startup. You have a great idea for an app, or perhaps a piece of hardware, or maybe an internet-based social service of some sort. You put together a reasonable business plan and start cracking at the core concepts.

But soon, oh so very soon, you’ll be dealing with the concepts of security and infrastructure. And those are big topics for a newcomer to take on. So some basic advice to hear from down the pipeline might include suggestions to bring in experts early, use social business practices, stay smart about the basics, avoid reinventing the wheel, and research infringement in advance.

Bring In the Experts

Especially when it comes to infrastructure, the sooner you bring in IT experts, the better. These are the people that will either organize your data flow efficiently, or give you the networking capability to expand in a scalable way without having to build up all of your own expensive hubs. Even a small amount of work and advice from these folks can make a huge difference in the success or failure of your startup.

Use Social Business Practices

Every tech startup needs a social circle that trusts them. To that end, learn to use social business practices to push your brand into mass social consciousness. This will be done on a basic level by using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other services where people are connected with share buttons and comment boxes. Use it all to your advantage, and discuss your business in public to gain mass support.

Don’t Forget the Basics

And thinking about security, don’t forget the basics! You and all of your employees should use password best practices at every turn. And if you’re running a show that requires client logins, ensure that they’re passwords follow all of these rules as well. A simply hack can wreak havoc on your entire system if someone legitimately gets into your server space.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

When working on a new project, especially a tech-based one, you don’t have to redo work that’s been done before. There’s nothing wrong with standing on the shoulders of giants who’ve done a lot of technical legwork before you. In many cases, you don’t even have to credit them because they’ve just been expanding on ideas they’ve taken from out in the world as well.

Research Infringement In Advance

One thing you want to avoid with your startups is copying something close enough to get sued for it. There are countless examples of games or apps that aren’t quite different enough from other versions out there, which leads to nasty lawsuits down the line.

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