As a business owner in today’s day in age, you know that you needed to take proactive measures to protect your business from a security breach. An effective way to accomplish this is by creating an IT security policy for your business that clearly outlines acceptable use of digital assets, the repercussions for misuse, and how your policy will be enforced.
While most major corporations have an in-house IT staff that possess the skills to write a thorough IT security policy, many small business owners are stuck writing this policy themselves. To help you get started, here are six areas you’ll want to keep in mind when writing your own IT security policy:
- Define Acceptable Use – When employees are unsure about what separates acceptable use of digital assets and misuse, you are creating major gaps in your organization’s security. Explain in detail how employees are allowed to use technology in the workplace, what is not allowed, and the consequences for violating the policy.
- Determine How Password Security Will Be Governed – You can allow your employees to create their own passwords using established parameters or set passwords for your employees. Whichever option you choose, be sure to clearly state in your policy how password security will be governed by your company and how employees will be trained in this area.
- Offer Real World Scenarios Regarding Security Breaches – To help your employees best understand the repercussions that a security breach could have on your organization, offer real world scenarios and explain how those could be a threat to your company. This can help your employees to better understand the role that they play in your security process.
- Have a Recovery Plan in Place – Clearly state which employees will be responsible for implementing recovery procedures in the event of a security breach. Being proactive with a plan can help to minimize the impact of a disaster.
- Offer Training – You should clearly state the type of training that will take place and how often it will occur to keep your organization’s information protected. This could include computer modules followed by a quiz with a minimum score requirement.
- Enforcement – Make it clear to your employees how your IT security policy will be enforced.
Contact an AOS Group Representative today to learn more about what you need to include in your IT security policy to protect your business from unnecessary threats and liabilities.
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