Information Security Policies
Most businesses have a certain sense that they need to worry about security in general. You lock the door to your office, set up access control for the warehouse and you might set an alarm when everyone goes home for the day.
Setting and enforcing these physical security policies seems like common sense to most people. A strong information security policy is no different. In fact, these concepts of physical security are also important for information security, especially if you store paper records or other information locally. If you always lock the file cabinet in the Human Resources department, that’s one example of a good information security policy in action.
When it comes to the electronic – or cyber – side of security, almost every business already takes some of the most basic steps to secure their electronic assets. This includes basic best practices such as setting passwords or running antivirus software.
Where cyber security starts to get complicated is when the connections between systems grow and become more complex. When important information is stored electronically and transmitted from place to place, it’s much easier to use; unfortunately, it’s also much easier to intercept. Of course, your sales team needs to access your local network when they are on the road; but you need to be sure that they are doing so in the most secure way possible.
The more powerful your data systems are, the more likely they are to have certain gaps in their security. Therefore, your information security policy must also grow more complex and powerful to ensure that any gaps are eliminated or sufficiently mitigated.
This process begins with awareness of how your systems function and interact with other networks and systems. Thankfully, there is an entire sector of the IT industry that is working to close these gaps by conducting security risk analysis through a complete understanding of your IT systems.