Essentials of building a better information security policy

by | Jan 7, 2016 | Security

Building an Information Security Policy: The Basics

Does your company have an information security policy? If not, it’s definitely something to explore. Perhaps you’re already working on it. Either way, it’s very important for your information security policy to be complete and well written. Here are a few tips to develop a sound plan for your business.

1) Include everything

This may seem pretty obvious, but it’s very important that you put a lot of thought into what should be included in your policy. Don’t take anything for granted, because everyone’s level of understanding and knowledge is different. If you’re not the person in charge of technology and security, you should spend as much time as possible with them.

2) Create a simple and accessible policy

Once you are sure you have included everything that you need in your policy, simplify it as much as possible. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should take things out. In fact, you probably won’t need to remove anything. Instead, reorganize and format your policy to make it easy to read. Once your policy is published, make sure that it is easily accessible to anyone who might find it useful. Consider putting it on your website, or even distributing paper copies to some or all of your employees.

3) Educate your staff

Your information security policy could save your entire company one day, but if no one knows about it, it is useless. Make sure that your employees know the details of your plan. Often, the best way to do this is to hold classes or meetings for the purpose of discussing the policy, but every company is different, and you should use the method that works best for you.

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Are you currently writing or implementing your company’s information security policy? Check out some sample policies, or contact us. We can help make sure you’re on track.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives — selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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