The world has changed dramatically during the last year. A lot of businesses switched to remote work, organizations started to migrate more to the cloud and so much more. The sudden move to a more digital workplace requires us to keep a sharp eye on cybersecurity. That’s why your business should have IT policies in place to protect you.
Here are five important IT policies to have in place to protect your business:
1. Acceptable use policy
This is the cornerstone of all IT policies, according to the leading industry experts. An acceptable use policy outlines what an organization determines as acceptable use of its assets and data. In other words, it explains for everyone what is expected of them while using company assets. It is a sort of a list of DO’s and DON’T’s for end-users. By acceptable use policy implementation, an organization reduces risks related to users’ actions.
2. Data classification
Data must be reviewed and classified to allow organizations to judge their data value, assess and mitigate risks. Without sound, consistent classification of their data, it is impossible to organize an effective data monitoring and management. IT experts and business decision-makers should work together to elaborate a secure way of transacting, sharing, and using sensitive data.
3. Incident response plan
An incident response plan ensures that all procedures are in place to effectively deal with a threat in case of a security breach or attack. It is a live document that details certain people’s roles and responsibilities in case of an incident. Keep in mind that an incident response plan needs a review and adjustments annually o more often than that.
4. Remote access and BYOD policy
A remote access policy (which includes the Bring Your Own Device policy) defines IT security basics and requirements for connecting to the company’s network from any endpoint, including personal employees’ smartphones, laptops, and other devices. It aims to minimize risks related to the unauthorized use of company assets from outside, which might cause damage, loss, or misuse of sensitive data.
5. Disaster recovery plan
A disaster recovery plan outlines a process and interrelation of multiple events, responsibilities, and accountability during a crisis. A disaster recovery plan should include the routine practice of restoration and recovery. When you have DR in place, they need to be updated on an annual basis. Cybersecurity experts believe that one of the main reasons companies go out of business after a disaster is a failure of the recovery and continuity plans
The importance of IT security policies should not be understated, and updating companies’ security policies should be continuous.
If you’re still confused about cybersecurity or want to start taking your cybersecurity more seriously, call the IT professionals. Klik Solutions team will provide your company with reliable cyber protection. From A to Z. Start the conversation going, contact us!