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IT Security Policy Development

In today's corporate world, it is essential for organizations to be able to demonstrate compliance with current legislation and to be prepared for forthcoming legislation. An IT security policy can be used to help you ensure you have the controls in place to work towards compliance by mapping policy statements to legislative requirements. In this way, you can provide evidence that your baseline security controls are in line. A security posture will also give you an indication of what you need to protect and to what extent.

Beyond compliance, organizations must ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their data. After all, corporate knowledge and data are arguably your most important assets. An IT security policy heightens security awareness of company personnel. The policy provides a framework within which employees can work, are a reference for best practices, and are used to ensure users comply with legal requirements.

InfoSight will help you determine the elements you need to consider when developing and maintaining an information security policy. One size does not fit all. We'll design a suite of information security policy documents to cover all information security bases, which can be targeted for specific audiences such as management, technical staff and end users.

A security policy should fulfill many purposes. It should:

  1. Protect people and information
  2. Set the rules for expected behavior by users, system administrators, management, and security personnel
  3. Authorize security personnel to monitor, probe, and investigate
  4. Define and authorize the consequences of violations
  5. Define the company consensus baseline stance on security
  6. Help minimize risk
  7. Help track compliance with regulations and legislation
IT Security Policy development is both the starting point and the touchstone for information security in any organization. Policies must be useable, workable and realistic while demonstrating compliance with regulatory mandates.

Contact us to ensure that your IT Security Policy documents are as efficient and useable as possible.

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IT Security Policy Development

What is IT Security
Policy Development?

An IT security policy is a written document that provides a high-level description of the various controls an organization will use to protect its information. The security policy defines the organization's attitude to information and announces internally and externally that information is an asset - the property of the organization - and is to be protected from unauthorized access, modification, disclosure, and destruction. Information security policies provide a framework for best practices that can be followed by all employees. They help ensure risk is minimized and that any security incidents are effectively responded to. Information security policies will also help turn staff into participants in the organization's efforts to secure its information assets. Often required by regulators, security policies are useful compliance tools because they demonstrate that an organization has controls in place to comply with current and forthcoming legislation and regulations. As such, they are often used as a reference for the audit.

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Also see IT Audit/Compliance Assurance.