Security Policy Development
Security is an essential element of your IT system. Ideally, technology provides hardware and apps that are strategically layered throughout the system to protect your data. Those protections focus on preventing intrusions from outside the organization. However, security threats come from both inside and outside your business. With this in mind, it is important to add another protective layer of security to reduce the risks from inside your business. That is where security policy development comes into play.
Protection from outside threats
Hackers, with their viruses, worms, and malware are continually attacking your IT system. For this reason, the Catapult Tech Solutions team of experts identify vulnerabilities and gaps to close in your system. Strategically placed firewalls, anti-virus and ant-spam apps, and backup strategies rebuff outside threats. Managed IT services and managed security services support and maintain this protective technology.
Government frequently stipulates new laws and regulations regarding protection of employee and customer confidential information. Compliance, as with HIPAA, is not optional. Changing compliance guidelines, along with new hacking techniques bring new viruses and other threats to your door. Luckily, security technology evolves as well, allowing us to implement new tools and strategies to protect your operations and data.
Protection from inside threats
Inside threats come from people, your employees. Not all threats are malicious. In fact, many threats are due to process gaps or inadvertent errors. When you need to protect operational data such as finance, supply chain and logistic data, as well as customer and employee records, you must be proactive. In these instances, technology cannot provide all the protection you need.
Likewise, cell phones and other mobile devices open a new avenue of risk and vulnerability. Spyware and malware can turn mobile devices into portals into your data stream and data bases. Mobile device management and technology cannot mitigate those risks completely. It takes something more to provide reliable and secure protections.
IT security policies
If you want to truly secure your business, now is the time to engage in security policy development. A security policy shapes and defines IT security policies and procedures in relation to technological precautions in place. It sets into place the policies and procedures to ensure appropriate human handling and behavior in your business.
IT security policies should cover a comprehensive survey of IT from different perspectives. For instance, a security policy might contain information based on the following examples:
Network security: Generate policies for access to the IT system itself and the administration functions, as well as remote access from outside devices. Include network intrusion detection systems.
Accountability: Identify security roles and responsibilities of key staff and management. Define what roles have access to different levels of data. Also describe how to modify or distribute security measures and notifications.
System policies: Include the configurations for all critical operating systems and servers. This might include policies for anti-virus, firewall, account management, and password management as well as the flow of information from operating systems to networks.
Behavior and use policies: Stipulate expected employee behaviors and specify what behaviors are not acceptable. Explain how understanding, acknowledgement, and violations will be handled and documented.
Physical security: Define who has access to hardware such as servers and how building security is handled through locked doors, security cameras and key cards. Identify how visitors are to be handled and the processes for mail, shipping, and receiving.
IT security policy development
Bear in mind the examples above are not all-inclusive and comprehensive like a security plan should be. As you can see, security policy development requires expertise. Expertise in your business, in your industry, and expertise in technology.
The first step to develop a policy to protect your business is engaging a qualified third party for assessment and assistance. Catapult Tech Solutions is your resource. To be sure, we know security technology and the impact poor security can have on a business. Also, we know the issues to address and the best practices to mitigate risk through technology and people. Finally, and of great importance, we have experience in developing security policies for businesses.
It is prudent to add a security policy as another layer of protection for your business. Call us at 317-522-1299 for information about how we can help guide you through the process.
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