Small startup vs big enterprise in the field of security

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Business culture

The culture of a company plays a big role in its priorities. Enterprises are typically risk-averse and prioritise stability over growth. This means that they are more likely to invest in security measures, even if it means sacrificing some speed or agility. Startups, on the other hand, are often more willing to take risks and prioritize growth over security. This can lead them to cut corners when it comes to security measures, which can put them at a higher risk for cyberattacks.

Security budgets

Another big difference between enterprise and startup companies is their security budgets. Enterprises typically have much larger budgets than startups, which allows them to invest in more comprehensive security measures. Startups, on the other hand, often have to make do with limited budgets.

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Team size and distribution

The size of the security team can also be a defining factor. Enterprises typically have large teams of dedicated security professionals, while startups often have smaller teams or even no dedicated security team at all. This difference can impact the overall security posture of a company.

Learning and Experience

Last but not least and following the previous topic, bigger organisations are the place to enter the desired specialisation field and build expertise in that area while smaller companies will give a platform to learn a bit of everything and get decent on it, either to pick a specialisation field or be a generalist.

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David Luchi

David Luchi

Head of Information Security | AWS Community Builder | CISSP | I love all things nerdy, especially Star Wars and anything to do with security.