IT Security Policies

Regardless of size and industry, every organization needs to have documented IT Security and Privacy Policies in place to help protect the organization's data and other valuable assets.

What IT Security Policy?

IT Security Policy is a written document in an organization outlining how to protect information systems and organization assets.

What are the core objectives?

  • Confidentiality: The protection of IT assets and networks from unauthorized users.
  • Integrity: Ensuring that the modification of IT assets handled in a specific and authorized manner.
  • Availability: Ensuring continuous access to IT assets and networks by authorized users.

Why your organization needs IT security policies?

IT security policies provide guidance to everyone within the organization on how they should use the critical assets, what their role is to protect these assets, and how to ensure proper compliance with the laws and regulations.

What are the minimums IT Security policies your organization must have?

  • Network Security Policy
  • Email Policy
  • Remote Access Policy
  • Mobile Device Policy
  • Disaster Recovery Policy
  • Incident Response Policy
  • Password Policy
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Confidential Data Policy
  • Physical Security Policy
  • Website privacy policy
  • BYOD policy

How to create effective and adequate IT security policies?

The policies should develop with a multi-layered approach. Should take into account the global nature of most organizations and address the country-specific laws and regulations.

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About the Author: Jenny Jo

Jenny Jo is the president and co-founder of MJJT Consultants. Ms. Jo is a Software Engineer, a Cyber Security Auditor, and an IT Project Manager. She is also a Certified Informatin Security Manager (CISM) which certifies her to audit information systems, as well as design, build, and magage businesses' information security programs.