A security policy is a formal document that outlines the required behavior and security controls in place to protect corporate assets.
The policy allows employees to know what is required of them and allows management to monitor and audit their security practices against a standard policy.
Formally documented policies are often required for compliance with regulations.
The development of the policy documents is an ambitious task, but the real challenge comes later in the process.
Unless the policies are effectively communicated, enforced, and updated employees won't know what's required of them and will not comply with essential standards, making the policies powerless.
86% of companies have security policies but only 40% of non-IT employees are aware of these policies. 46% of companies reported insufficient time and resources to update or implement policies. 77% of IT professionals believe their policies need improvement and updating.
This blueprint applies to you whether your needs are developing policies from scratch or optimizing and updating your security posture.
Value of developing security policies:
- Enhanced overall security posture: fewer security incidents and more uptime of applications, as issues are pre-emptively avoided.
- Better prepared for auditing and compliance requirements.
- Increased operational efficiency.
- Increased accountability.
Value of the security policy blueprint:
- Pre-made templates (based on best practices and our experience).
- Comprehensive process surrounding policy development.
- Strategy around effective communication and enforcement of policies.
- Opportunity to work with an analyst to guarantee policy quality.
Short term: Save time and money using the templates provided to create your own customized security policies.
Long term: After the initial policy development, minimal updates will be required to ensure the policy remains up to date. Long-term maintenance and compliance of the policy will ensure legal and corporate satisfaction of security measures.
This research is designed for a Security leader who is dealing with the following:
- Informal, ad hoc security policies (if any).
- Lack of compliance and accountability with current policies.
- Out-of-date and irrelevant policies.
- Preparing for an audit of security policies.
The blueprint includes best-practice research, case studies, and IT policy templates in Word to help you get your project started. Also included two Excel based tools to prioritize security policies and assess the maturity of your IT policy program.
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