Critical Information Technology (IT) Policies Every Organisation Should Have

What is the backbone of your business processes? For many companies, it's their information infrastructure. Without a stable and powerful network, firms would have a hard time producing and achieving as much as they do now. IT efficiency and stability go hand in hand with network security, and while most software and apps are equipped with monitoring programs and protection against malicious code, unknowledgeable internal users can be the real threat. For that reason, we've put together the most critical IT policies organizations should implement to prevent unwanted cybersecurity damage.

  

Remote Access Policy  

Since last year, employees have been increasingly working from home or in hybrid working environments. Being absent from regular offices and migrating onto mobile devices through remote access may uncover unexpected threats.  In order to minimize network security risks emerging from unauthorized use of company assets or dealing with sensitive information, firms should integrate Remote Access Policies. Such guidelines become worthwhile if they include:

  • Security principles for connecting to the organization's network from anywhere  

  • A definition of allowed and forbidden devices  

  • A list of systems necessary to install for remote access  

  

Acceptable use  

Acceptable use policy (AUP) highlights data and asset usage together with employee digital behavior. To promote productivity and minimize the risk of running into malware or harming network security, executives should publish clear guidelines suggesting declaring the following:

  • Prohibited uses  

  • User rights  

  • User responsibilities  

  • Miscellaneous Provisions  

  

Incident and Disaster Response Policies  

All firms, both small and large, encounter confrontation with unexpected circumstances. In order to advocate the ability to continue after a disaster situation happens, companies prepare Disaster and Incident Response policies. Apart from documenting the incident response team and personnel roles, responsibilities, and actions, it should include hardware inventory, logging data, and other necessary information to recover jeopardized data.

  

Third-party risk protocol  

One way firms generate new gains, learn, or progress is through third-party cooperation. However, such activities can deliver serious weaknesses for participating teams. Flaws in your partner's network security may quickly turn into cybersecurity threats for both parties and turn into operational, reputational, or compliance issues.

The most common practices organizations perform:  

  • Making an inventory  

  • Disclosing cybersecurity policies  

  • Limiting access  

  • User activity monitoring  

  • Planning for third party incident response 

 

Whether your organisation handles sensitive data or uses multiple apps and software, network security is doubtlessly one of your priorities. By applying necessary policies and operating on a secure network, you both shield your infrastructure from potential viruses and malware, and encourage employees to work more efficiently.

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