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10 Cybersecurity Tips For Startups From A Top VC

The recommendations in Bessemer Venture's State of the Cloud report can help solution providers win business with young companies.

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Be Open With The Public

"Honesty is the best policy. Be transparent not only about cyber risks, but also about everything. You will provoke fewer attacks, and build up some good will for when you screw up," according to Bessemer Ventures' State of the Cloud report.

This rule holds for a garage-based startup just as it does for cloud juggernaut Amazon Web Services, which learned its lesson the hard way after a massive cloud outage in 2011 that left partners up-in-arms over the lack of transparency.

"Amazon has been extremely quiet around how the failure occurred and how it will be avoided in the future," Joseph Coyle, CTO for North America for global solution provider Capgemini, told CRN back then. "Although it is a major hit to Amazon, I believe that if they explain the issue and how to avoid it, they can hold back the damage."

Amazon has been much better ever since communicating problems at its data centers, and also of avoiding those problems altogether.

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