Founders, how are YOU Protecting your Startup’s Code?

At Backrightup, although founded and headquartered on the golden shores of Australia, we protect startups, and major enterprise, globally, from the steep rolling hills and cable cars of San Franscico, the lush green valleys of Wales, to safaris, mountains, and braais of South Africa. We protect these innovative businesses ensuring their code and intellectual property in GitHub and Azure DevOps remain secure.

“I’m not the strongest or most aggressive, but I’m smart. Mate!”

Recently, we’ve had more conversations with startups using offshore or outsourced development teams, which is great, but there are also some unforeseen risks to be aware of. Here are some of many alarming stories we’ve heard:

  • This morning, a startup founder told me, “Our dev team based in Eastern Europe won’t release our code until we pay an additional $50,000 USD.”
  • Last week, another founder shared, “We had to pay the offshore team who essentially held our code ransom, only to discover the ‘custom build’ was a slightly modified open-source template!”

Challenge: More and more non-tech founders are creating technology-driven companies and leveraging offshore development teams for obvious reasons. However, this can sometimes lead to challenging situations regarding code ownership and security.

Solution: One effective way to protect your code and intellectual property is to ensure its backed up daily to an independent, secure location. Regular backups can safeguard against ransom scenarios and give you peace of mind.

How Backrightup Can Secure Your Code

You can now use Backrightup to ensure that your code stored in GitHub is regularly backed up and secure. Backrightup provides automated backups of your GitHub repositories, which can help protect against situations where access to your code could be compromised or held at ransom.

Here’s how Backrightup will help to protect your code:

  1. Automated GitHub Backups: Set up Backrightup to automatically back up your GitHub repositories at regular intervals. This ensures that you always have an up-to-date copy of your codebase.
  2. Offsite Storage: Store the GitHub backups in a secure offsite location, separate from your primary development environment. This could be cloud storage services like AWS S3, Azure Blob Storage, or Google Cloud Storage.
  3. Access Control: Ensure that access to the backup system is restricted to authorized personnel only. Implement strong access controls and authentication mechanisms.
  4. Versioning: Use versioning to keep multiple copies of your backups. This allows you to revert to previous versions of your codebase if needed.
  5. Encryption: Encrypt your GitHub backups to protect the data from unauthorized access during storage and transmission.
  6. Regular Audits: Perform regular audits and tests of your backup and restore processes to ensure that everything is working as expected and that you can quickly recover your code in case of an emergency.

By following these practices with Backrightup, you can mitigate the risk of your code being held at ransom and ensure that you have control over your software assets. It’s a simple solution, easy to get setup, that will give your IP in GitHub and Azure DevOps, insurance.

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