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Information Security Policies
Information Security Policies
Cybersecurity is an important issue for both the IT department and executives and directors. However, security should be a concern for every employee in an organization, not just IT professionals and top managers. One effective way to educate employees about the importance of security is through cybersecurity policies that explain each employee’s responsibilities for protecting IT systems and data. A cybersecurity policy sets the standards of behavior for a variety of activities within an organization.
Cybersecurity policies are important because cyberattacks and data breaches are terribly expensive. At the same time, employees are often the weak links in an organization’s security. Employees share passwords, click on malicious URLs and attachments, use unapproved cloud applications, and ignore the encryption of sensitive files.
These types of policies are especially critical in public companies or organizations that operate in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, finance, or insurance. These organizations are at risk of heavy fines if their security procedures are deemed inadequate.
Cybersecurity policies are also critical to an organization’s public image and trust. Customers, partners, shareholders and prospective employees want evidence that the organization can protect their sensitive data. Without a cybersecurity policy, an organization may not be able to provide such evidence.
Setting a cybersecurity policy
Cybersecurity procedures explain the rules for how employees, consultants, partners, board members, and other end users access online applications and Internet resources, send data over networks, and otherwise practice responsible security. Typically, the first part of a cybersecurity policy describes the overall security expectations, roles, and responsibilities within the organization. Stakeholders include external consultants, IT staff, finance staff, etc. This is the “roles and responsibilities” or “information responsibility and accountability” section of the policy.
CYBERONE can prepare any policies and procedures for your company’s information security, relying on the extensive experience of our team. Some of the topics that most companies cover in their information security policy package are:
- Acceptable use of information systems
- Account Management
- Anti-virus protection software
- Acceptable use of personal devices (BYOD)
- Acceptable use of portable devices
- A safe workplace policy
- Secure use of email communication
- Firewall policy
- Secure destruction of hardware and other IT assets
- Security incident management
Internet Usage Policy
- Management of log data and logs
- Protection of personal and confidential data
- Network security and acceptable use of VPN systems
- Acceptable use of personal devices and their security
- Password Security Policy
- Management of updates and security upgrades
- Physical access control
- Use of cloud services
- Server Security management
- Systems monitoring and auditing
- Vulnerability Management
- Secure website management
- Secure workstation management