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  • Writer's pictureSara Millis

Information Security Policy: What to include to keep your business safe

Every business handles sensitive information, whether that's customer details, personnel files or something else. How you keep that data safe is detailed in your information security policy.

Our post will show you what that policy should look like and what to include.

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What is a business information security policy?

A business information security policy is a document that outlines the rules, guidelines, and procedures for protecting sensitive information within an organisation. 

Your policy details include the types of data that need to be protected, who has access to it, and how it should be stored and transmitted. 

Your policy safeguards confidential information from unauthorised access, theft, or misuse. It also serves as a guideline for employees to understand their critical roles and responsibilities in maintaining information security.

What is the information security policy ISO 27001?

The ISO 27001 information security policy guides organisations in protecting their information assets. It provides a framework for managing and safeguarding information confidentiality, integrity, and availability by implementing appropriate measures.

The policy is based on international standards and best practices and covers all aspects of information security, including risk management, access control, physical security, incident management, and compliance.

The five critical elements of your business information security policy

When you create your policy, you should include the following:

1. Risk Assessment

Understanding the vulnerabilities in your business data, systems, and processes. Your assessments should provide critical information that helps identify potential threats and develop a mitigation plan.

2. Access Control

Access control measures ensure that only authorised personnel can access your company's data and systems. You should include implementing strong password policies, multi-factor authentication, and role-based access controls.

3. Data Protection

Data protection policies protect your company's data from theft, loss, or unauthorised disclosure. Your policy must include clear directives on data management, encryption, backups, and secure storage.

4. Incident Management

Incident management policies outline the process for detecting, reporting, and responding to security incidents. This includes procedures for notifying stakeholders, investigating incidents, and preventing similar incidents in the future. It should also include who is responsible for what action, plus when and how they work.

5. Employee Awareness

Finally, employee awareness is critical to the success of any security policy. Employees must be trained on policy details and procedures, including identifying and reporting potential security threats.

By incorporating these five critical elements into your business information security policy, you can help protect your company's sensitive data and maintain the trust of your customers and stakeholders.

How your IT service provider can help you develop an information security policy

An IT service provider can be a valuable partner in helping you develop an information security policy for your business.

They can:

  • Assess your IT infrastructure and report on risks and mitigation suggestions

  • Help you establish policies and procedures for data access, storage, and sharing

  • Help you train your staff on best practices for information security and develop a disaster recovery policy to quickly and effectively respond to security breaches

  • Keep you up-to-date with known cyber threats and report on breach attempts

Contact us today if you need an IT partner to do that for you!



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