If you have been asked to draft an IT security policy for your organization and you're wondering how to get started, you’ve come to the right place.
Technology professionals are frequently asked to craft security policies for their organization. IT and security policies should follow the same format as the organization’s existing policies.
A policy statement should be no longer than absolutely necessary. It should be clear and direct. It should not be aspirational or include best practices that the organization does not have the resources to reasonably achieve. It must be consistent with applicable laws and regulations.
Policy documents are often drafted by different people across the organization at different periods of time in the organization’s life cycle. This is usually evident by a lack of cohesive style and formatting when you review all of an organization’s policies at the same time. Consider using a policy template format to achieve consistency.
Below is a simple-to-use and easy-to-follow format to help you write your security policy.
Most associations have one or more groups of policy documents. Depending on their intended audience, they may require review and approval from HR, legal and/or senior management. In some cases, they may require approval from the Board of Directors. To keep the content focused and reduce the number of times the policy must be reapproved, it is best practice to house policies and procedures in separate documents.
After the security policy has been adopted by the appropriate governing group, consider creating formal procedural documents that reinforce and support the policy statements. The procedure defines specify exactly how the policy is to be accomplished. For example, if an audit is required, it should describe the nature of the audit and the frequency.
Having well-crafted policy documents is the first step in an IT security program. We work with associations to draft complete sets of IT security policies, from user policies to technology management policies. If you need further assistance, we’d love to work with you. Get in touch with us to learn about our policy sets for organizations required to be PCI compliant or for organizations looking to be GDPR compliant.