Policy Development

A good security policy takes into consideration the mission of the organization, the critical assets requiring protection, the threats posed and the mitigating risks against known vulnerabilities. These are all parts of a risk assessment that includes a business-impact analysis, which identifies the weaknesses, the critical assets and the effect on the company if a vulnerability were exploited.

A high priority for policy development is the need to document unwritten de facto policies and to address common concerns. There are two parts to any security policy. One deals with preventing external threats to maintain the integrity of the network. The second deals with reducing internal risks by defining appropriate use of network resources.

An IT security policy should:

  • Protect people and information of th e organization
  • Set the rules for expected behavior of users, management, and security personnel
  • Authorize personnel to monitor and investigate
  • Define and authorize the consequences of violations
  • Define a consensus baseline stance on security
  • Help minimize risk for the organization
  • Help track compliance with regulations and rules
  • Ensures the confidentiality, integrity and availability of organization data
  • Provides the framework within which employees can work
  • Provides a reference for best practices
  • Ensures users comply with legal requirements

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