Develop and Deploy Security Policies

Enhance your overall security posture while using time, money, and resources effectively.

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Informal and out-of-date policies can result in:

  • High susceptibility to security risks.
  • Costly repairs to damaged and lost assets.
  • Time and effort wasted retroactively patching preventable security issues.
  • Legal ramifications from not complying with regulations.
  • Lack of trust from customers.

A formally developed and deployed security policy results in:

  • Enhanced overall security posture: fewer security incidents and more uptime of applications as issues are pre-emptively avoided.
  • Better preparedness for auditing of compliance requirements.
  • Increased operational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Increased accountability and user understanding of expectations and responsibilities.

Module 1: Assess & Prioritize the Policies

The Purpose

  • Acquire executive support for the new security policies.
  • Determine which security policies are necessary to meet your requirements, and obtain recommendations on how to optimize them.
  • Develop a prioritized shortlist of security policies which should be developed and deployed to reach the organization’s objectives.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defend your decision to implement a security policy because you understand the necessity of it.
  • Progress the plan to develop and deploy new security policies or update current ones with essential stakeholder buy-in.
  • Implement a prioritized phased release of new policies, maximizing business alignment.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Define the necessity for policies and identify current pain points.
  • Understand your organization’s specific need for security policies.
1.2 Acquire executive support for the new security policies.
  • Formal stakeholder support acquired.
1.3 Identify the target policy requirements for your organization.
  • Business requirement checklist completed.
1.4 Identity the current state and maturity of policies.
  • Current state assessment completed.
1.5 Discuss recommended actions to close your policy gaps.
  • Recommended actions to reach the target state of policies from the current state.
1.6 Prioritize the development of policies.
  • Action effort analysis completed; list of policies to implement prioritized.

Module 2: Develop the Policy Suite

The Purpose

  • Formalize a governing information security policy charter.
  • Develop a comprehensive suite of security policies that are relevant to the needs of the organization.
  • Ensure usability of the policies.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Formally document security policies.
  • Save time and money in producing the documents from Info-Tech templates.
  • Clearly define responsibilities and purpose.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Introduce the hierarchy of the policy suite.
  • Structured hierarchy of policy suite planned.
2.2 Develop the governing Information Security Policy Charter.
  • Governing Information Security Policy Charter completed.
2.3 Develop the relevant security policies.
  • Comprehensive suite of security policies formalized.
2.4 Discuss the purpose and tips for developing a test group of users to assess the feasibility of the new policies.
  • Strategy to gather input from users to ensure usability defined.

Module 3: Communicate & Enforce the Policies

The Purpose

  • Ensure users have awareness and knowledge of the rationale and steps to comply with the new security polices.
  • Improve compliance and accountability with security policies.
  • Ensure due diligence by the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Communicate the importance of policies to employees.
  • Enhance the overall security posture of the organization.
  • Comply with rules and regulations and be better prepared for audits.
  • Incorporate security policies into daily schedule, eliminating disturbances to productivity and efficiency.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Understand the need for a program to communicate security policies with employees.
  • The need for a proper communication program understood.
3.2 Discuss best practices to optimize the communication and distribution of policies.
  • Tips and suggested actions to optimize the communication and distribution of policies identified.
3.3 Customize and review the training and awareness communication template.
  • Awareness and training template formalized.
3.4 Understand the need for policy enforcement.
  • The need for policy enforcement understood.
3.5 Discuss best practices to seamlessly incorporate security policies into daily routines.
  • Tips and suggestions to incorporate policy enforcement into daily routines identified.
3.6 Set goals and determine success metrics for enforcement.
  • Goals and success metrics to evaluate enforcement defined.

Module 4: Review & Update the Policies

The Purpose

  • Measure the effectiveness of the security policies.
  • Understand where updates and revisions are necessary to the security policy's lifecycle.
  • Develop a plan for updating the policies.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Validate the effectiveness and compliance of the new policies.
  • Change the policies as necessary to maintain relevancy to the user base, technology, and business objectives, or make changes to the behaviors of the end users to maximize effectiveness of crucial policies.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Understand the plan to evaluate policy effectiveness.
  • Policy review matrix understood.
4.2 Strategize the process for updating policies when necessary.
  • Action plan to make necessary policy revisions established.

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