JumpCloud: Empowering Small Businesses to Securely Bootstrap Innovation in a Remote-First World

Written by Jagadeesh Kunda on October 18, 2021

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Jagadeesh Kunda is the Chief Product Officer at JumpCloud and a seasoned tech professional, with product experience at Salesforce, AWS, and Microsoft. He firmly believes in creating significant value for customers and driving innovation where it matters.

There is no escaping this undeniable fact: Starting a business is hard. If you’re an entrepreneur, you are well acquainted with the resilience, self-discipline, and risk tolerance required to execute the vision you have for your company. 

Only 3 to 6 percent of startups receive external funding from investors. The vast majority of new businesses are indeed “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.” Whether you’re relying on personal savings, lines of credit, loans from friends and family, or blood, sweat, and tears to get your venture off the ground—we see you. Sweat equity is tangible. You shouldn’t have to sweat about IT security.

The unfortunate reality of today is that small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), no matter how young or old, continue to face business operations burdens. With COVID, these business operations can be as simple as understanding policy or as complex as driving innovation with a remote workforce.

At the same time, however, 2020 and 2021 have been massive for small business registrations and more than 60 percent higher than at any point in the last fifteen years. There is no doubt that SMEs are the backbone of the US economy and will be vital to long-term economic recovery. 

SMEs makeup 99.9 percent of all registered businesses and employ nearly half (47.1 percent) of the national workforce. In addition to that, SMEs also employ individuals with diverse backgrounds, and the accessibility of remote work is no longer an exception.

These SME founders and innovators who are the lifeblood of economic activity face several barriers to starting a company. One such barrier is the technical complexity of setting up IT. 

Strengthening cybersecurity is a mission and partnership of public and private parties. Resources like the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit guide small business owners to learn and apply several tools to reduce cyber risk. It is hard for SMEs to understand, learn, and build expertise in implementing security tools. More importantly, this work takes away valuable time from innovation and building business. Setting up IT no longer needs to be a barrier.

JumpCloud converged several security tools into a single cloud directory platform with the goal of making it extremely easy for IT admins to implement the best cybersecurity practices. JumpCloud University also offers free courses for IT admins, creating more accessible job training opportunities and dramatically increasing Security Awareness in the SME space.  

Entrepreneurs can enjoy a next-generation console experience with the JumpCloud Directory Platform for FREE to bootstrap their businesses of up to ten employees and ten devices. They can benefit from integrated Identity Access Management, Device Management, and Security Insights tools in a single cloud-based console. JumpCloud removes the initial cost burden on small businesses and is one of the few companies, if not the only, that gives such powerful tools for free to bootstrap a business. The JumpCloud Directory Platform empowers SMEs. 

More than a hundred thousand small businesses globally that have less than ten employees use JumpCloud, and you can too. More importantly, in a secure fashion, you can prevent, protect, and monitor your IT with access to cybersecurity tools.

If you’d like to dig deeper into the best way to approach the security needs of your small business, check out our Security Playbook for Startups. Alternatively, you can jump right into JumpCloud Free today to get started securing your startup. The entrepreneurial journey is long and unforgiving, but you can rest easy knowing your IT security needs are covered.

Jagadeesh Kunda

Jagadeesh is the Chief Product Officer (CPO) at JumpCloud, where he focuses on helping organizations connect securely and manage employees' identities, devices, and applications with Zero Trust to support the ever-evolving work-from-anywhere (WFA) and hybrid workplace model.

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