Information Security Policy
As a company desires to grow from a small to a medium sized business it becomes increasingly apparent that one of leadership's primary obligations is to protect corporate resources, corporate information, and the information of customers, associates, and employees, placed in their custody.
Leadership must ensure that the business is controlled, information is adequately protected, and laws are not being violated... AND... Information Security begins with policy.
An effective information protection program cannot be solely defined in terms of trust. Rather, it must be based upon the same prudent business practices that applied to earlier manual systems; careful definition of individual responsibilities, separation of controls, maintenance of audit trails, protection of vital records, and access to information limited, based on "need to know". These are all controls, and are exactly what auditors look for.
Sound business practices include policies, procedures, controls, reviews, and especially, separation of duties. However, sound business practices require more than solid practices to be effective. They must have real and continued management backing and involvement.
In addition, to be successful with sound business practices, management must also organize their team so there are clearly defined roles and responsibilities, with no conflicts of interest. Separation of responsibilities must be an integral part of sound business practices.
As companies compete in the global marketplace, it is very important that each employee understands the competitive value of company information and their responsibility to protect it.
Before we proceed any further we must give you our definition of Information Security from an auditors perspective so you comprehend the scope of everything that we suggest falls under the "greater umbrella" of Information Security.
It is based on the three sides of a triangle where the three triangle legs consist of: Information Security, Business Continuity, and IT Compliance. Each one of these legs / sides can be broken down / defined as follows:
- The Information Security leg consists of confidentiality and integrity. Confidentiality ensures that company / customer information is not disclosed to anyone who is not authorized to access it. Linked to this concept is the idea of need-to-know, authorizing access only to those who can demonstrate a legitimate business need for the information. Integrity ensures that information cannot be accidentally or intentionally modified or destroyed.
- The Business Continuity leg consists of mitigation, crisis management, and contingency management. Mitigation deals with reducing or eliminating risks. Crisis management deals with the planning and training of people for the survival of the business team and the business entity following a disaster. Contingency management deals with planning for the recovery and continuation of critical internal and customer business functions following a service interruption, and the testing of business recovery plans. This segment has also been known as availability in the past, but the scope is much broader today.
- Finally, the IT Compliance leg consists of sound business practices that do not fall within the scope of the other two legs. Included in the scope of the IT Compliance leg is adherence to the laws and ethics that govern us, i.e., copyright infringement, software licensing, export compliance, etc. These are controls, laws, or ethics principles, and are exactly what auditors look for, which is why the leg is called IT Compliance (being able to pass a stringent audit because the business is controlled, information is adequately protected, and laws are not being violated).
Our Information Security Policy document defines the high level guidance for Information Protection based on the above three sides of an Information Protection triangle, and spells out (14) sub-policy statements that support the high-level definition. These (14) requirements comprehend elements such as, for example:
- the form of information and how it is to be protected
- who is responsible and who must comply
- ownership rights
- classification and information handling
- systems and applications
- release of information
- compliance with the law including import and export compliance
- the right to monitor and audit
To successfully implement an Information Protection Program, in addition to publishing policy, one would have to follow the stating of policy with the implementation of Information Protection controls, standards, procedures, and mechanisms in support of the policy.
This great little PDF e-Book (30 pages) lays it all out so that you and your business can get that Information Security Policy done!
Most of all, there is no waiting! This document will be available via download... and you could be implementing it in a matter of minutes.
Some of the positives that can begin to result from publishing your Information Security Policy are:
- Greatly improved information security focus
- Fewer information security incidents
- Fewer audit concerns / comments
- Greatly improved business focus
- Enhances the professional perception of your business
To enable the above mentioned positive aspects for your business, there's no reason not to download this Information Security Policy document today. This comprehensive document will enable the protection of your corporate information, and the information of customers, associates, and employees, placed in your custody.
Information Security Policy
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