A cyber security policy isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it proposition, especially today as cyber attacks increase at an alarming rate. Approaching a policy with a deep understanding of your needs, including the infrastructure that must be in place to protect data and who is to be held accountable, is important. Revisiting aspects of the policy on a continuing basis can also protect your environment from eminent danger.
What’s protecting your critical information? Where is it being stored? Who has access to it? A forward-thinking cyber security team will take these questions into account and have a list of programs being used for securing data as well as infrastructure. The team will also be on the lookout for updates the moment they’re available. They’ll list what infrastructure is in place for backing up critical data and ensure it is in the most secure environment possible. A good cyber security policy will take into account how each user will be expected to back up their data and make that available so it’s clear who’s doing what.
Making an Assessment
Where do you stand now with your cyber security policy? This is a crucial first step in developing a strategy that will be truly impactful in fulfilling your mission to stay safe. Take a look at all the third party products you’re using for protection and make sure management and your IT and cyber security teams are on board with the products, company wide.
The more everyone understands what is being worked with and how each department approaches cyber security, the more visibility you’ll have into your policy as a whole. Furthermore, make an assessment of your priorities — what should be considered highly secure compared to data that is less sensitive? This is also a good time to permanently delete data that is now useless and clogging up your system.
The Security Know-How Blueprint
Your cyber security policy should act as a blueprint that lays out exactly how employees should handle everything, from data to devices to passwords and emails. It should include instructions on how they can take extra measures to keep cyber criminals at bay while in a remote work situation, but also how to securely transfer data regardless of where they are.
For example, one of the biggest threats to any organization’s data and infrastructure is email. Your policy should clearly spell out how to avoid opening attachments or links in emails from outside of the company. Without this level of insight, you’re left vulnerable to malware, spyware, and various other costly attacks.
Employees require a constant reminder of what’s going on with cyber criminals today and how they can avoid being a victim. Your security policy should get the same attention, so as things change, your policy is flexible and evolves with the changes.
At Access Tech, we work with clients to make sure their security protocols are able to fight against malware, Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks, and many others. We provide the services you need, including endpoint security, security as a service, data protection and compliance services, managed firewall services, and risk analysis. Contact us and let’s talk about what we can do for you.