Security Compliance Policies- Part 1

Information security is a key component of keeping your company’s data secure. Without proper information security, you could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, data breaches, or leaks of sensitive information. Security policies include processes for accessing and handling information, whether on-site or remotely.

Security Incident Response Policy
Incidents are inevitable, and having an understanding of the responsibilities, communication strategy, containment, and reporting processes is critical to minimizing any potential loss or damage. This is a foundational policy that is required as the first step in an overall organizational incident response strategy.

Written Information Security Plan (WISP)
Texas-based companies are required to have a WISP policy in place. This document provides the foundation of your organization’s security program. It provides the basis for your company’s minimum security controls, its compliance requirements, and the security policies that support them.

Asset Management Policy
Asset management is essential to understanding your company’s technology footprint, which is critical in order to provide foundational security controls.

Acceptable Use Policy
This policy defines the acceptable use of any system, network, or resource. All employees, contractors, and third parties should have a clear understanding of what an organization’s resources can and cannot be used for prior to being granted access.

System and Device Baseline Security Policy
Before they are put into use, systems and network devices should always have a minimum security configuration implemented. This policy is a requirement of many security frameworks and defines what is needed for device and operating system baseline hardening.

Once you’ve developed these policies, it is important to build regular reporting and auditing processes to confirm that the policies in place are working and fit business needs. As your organization grows, your security compliance efforts should grow along with the business. It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start developing your company’s security posture or to audit your existing policies. Axigent can ease the burden by allowing you to rely on experts with extensive industry experience. We can help you stay current with changing technologies
and techniques, helping to ensure your company’s data stays secure, whether you’re just starting out, looking for an assessment, or adapting and evolving your current policies.

We’ll be covering more security compliance policies next week in part two of this series.