Website being hacked is defamatory and deprecating for any business or individual. But when you are a startup owner/founder, a website hack can be particularly devastating in that case.
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And while I cannot emphasise enough on the need of cyber security, but i can definitely make an attempt to sensitise people towards the need for making website secure. So here are top 10 reasons why you absolutely don’t want your Startup website to be hacked:
Hacked website can ruin your company’s PR. (This happened with Apple’s iCloud)
Your business becomes the butt of troll for the social media once something like this happens.
You lose your credibility as a manager.
You are the one controlling and responsible, when its YOUR business and when this happens your credibility as a manager goes down the hill.
Vital information may get leaked. (This happened with SONY’s email hack)
Websites these days are entangled with communication services used by everyone in the company for communicating any information related to business, and that information may become accessible once your website is hacked causing you all sorts of problems.
Financial losses that are crucial.
The information that you lose may incur indirect financial costs that you are not ready for as an owner of a Startup like loss of potential clients, drop in traffic to your website and eventual drop in sales etc.
Cost of fixing can be enormous.
Once your website hacked and you somehow managed to take the shock, now the next thing you have to do is fix the hack, this can sometimes even mean you gotta reconstruct the entire backend of your website. And that can cost you a fortune.
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Can make the next investor meeting a disaster.
The next time you meet investors, they are gonna try to rip you and your confidence apart by criticizing your abilities as a manager, it only makes your chances grim and even if you do get a deal, the valuation would be much uglier.
Creates problems within the company.
Once a devastating incident like this happens, it can start a series of ‘It all happened because you/your department screwed up’. And it can cause a complete disruption of your office’s morale.
Once your website is hacked, it will always give you nightmares.
Once it has happened, you start living in constant fear, because you know that you DO NOT HAVE a security jacket and you are exposed and vulnerable. That’s gonna give you nightmares and reduce your overall efficiency of work.
You may even start to lose faith.
Once a hack has happened, the biggest setback you face is the change in the way you trust people. Now you start thinking that the people who are in charge of security and maintenance and security of your website are not doing their job very well, or that they are not capable enough.
You end up wanting and fruitlessly trying to learn the technical stuff.
After all this, now you know that you can not afford to know nothing much technical about what’s going behind the scenes of your website. And to give any clear directions to people, you must have at least working knowledge of what’s making your website run.