Managed IT: What is an Information Security Policy?


There are so many elements of managed IT services that, at first glance, it can all feel a little overwhelming--but don't worry. Once you get started with an information security policy, everything else will begin to fall into place.

First Steps

An information security policy is an excellent first step to take when you're just starting out with managed IT services. By laying the groundwork for how you'll identify, respond to, and manage your company's secure data, an information security policy helps prepare you for all the other tools and solutions you'll have access to with managed IT (like a full-scale technology plan). It also acts as a safe "learning curve" to help employees get comfortable with new approaches to old tasks or workflows.

Building Your Policy

Now that you know what an information security policy is let's find out how to build one!

#1: Decide on your purpose.

Your policy should have a definite purpose: to define what sensitive information is, to set expectations and guidelines for how to handle it, and to create responses in case of a breach or other digital disaster.

#2: Create goals.

Do you want to strive for complete, accurate information under all circumstances? Are you focused on improving security between multiple locations? Use goals like these to inform your choices as you build your new policy.

#3: Define security.

Security looks a little different for each company. Make sure you know what it looks like for you--access control, network security, confidentiality, and more.

#4: Distribute responsibility.

Remember, everyone has a role to play in a good information security policy. Ensure that all employees understand how they can contribute to a secure environment, identify and manage sensitive data, and protect against large-scale breaches and small errors.

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