Information security policies and procedures are an important part of an organization. Unfortunately, not all companies have these necessary policies in place. Some organizations have an Email Policy, but not a Disaster Recovery Plan Policy. They may have an Acceptable Use Policy, but not an Acceptable Encryption Policy. By implementing and enforcing information security policies and procedures, organizations can not only avoid confusion among the employees, they can better address cybersecurity threats.
It’s important to have written information security policies in place for many reasons. For example, in case of a cyberattack, the employees need to know who needs to do what, where to go in case of a disaster and who to contact, what to do and what not to do in case of a ransomware attack, and why the company requires a multifactor authentication. The policies are useful in addressing the cyberthreats faced by organizations today. They educate the users so they know their responsibilities and the consequences for not following the company policies. Having a clear, documented, unified message to the employees, contractors, and the partners is helpful in setting up their expectations and avoids confusion and ambiguity. It also sends a signal to the customers that your business is well-organized, takes information security seriously, and has proper measures in place to protect their personal data.
If your organization is required to be in compliance with certain industry or government regulations (HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS, SOC2, etc.), having the information security polices in place will be helpful in achieving that compliance.
Before we write a policy, we like to get a better understanding of the type of business you are operating, your business philosophy and goals, and your business processes. Once we know who you are, what you do, and what you want; we are in a much better position to tailor the information security policies to your needs. We use our experience and knowledge and combine it with what we learn about your organization to author the most suitable policy for your business.
As technology changes, the policies and procedures can get outdated quickly. Therefore, it’s important to have the policies have a formal review process to keep them up to date. Do you have any existing policies that you would like us to review? We will be glad to review your policy, provide feedback, and update it accordingly.
SeattlePro has been writing information security policies for over two decades. Here’s a sample of the types of policies we can write for your organization.
Please contact us if you are interested in any of the above policies, or any additional policies that are not listed above.