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By jclassen ·
I have recently accepted the position of Network Administrator for a small company of 35 users. We have NT 4.0 file server (no domain) with log in thru Win 95/98, Linux for email and Unix for internet, but no policies or procedures of any kind exist. I feel it's important that something be set in place to maintain the security and veracity of the system, especially when it comes to Network administration, upgrading of equipment, software/hardware acquisition, internet/email monitoring , reportsetc. Can anyone point me in a direction that will be helpful?

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by tmcclure In reply to Policies and Procedures

I have not found much out there to help. There are some books, but they seem to be out of date. They reference main frame issues.

I ended up writting my own. And after 3 years I'm still not done. Here are some issues you should cover:

Security
Software licensing
Harware/Software standards
User do's and don'ts
Anti-Virus policy
E-Mail

If you would like I will E-Mail you some copies to review.

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by mdwalter In reply to Policies and Procedures

I would recommend speaking with a management consulting company, such as The Gartner Group, GIGA, or Net Reference. They can provide you with an analysis of industry best practices, and help you integrate some policies into your specific organization (for a fee, of course 8-).

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by darlap In reply to Policies and Procedures

I recently purchased through Barnes & Noble a book called Information Systems Policies and Pricedures Manual and it has become very handly. It assists you in the table of contents and information on how to start it. The book was written by George Jenkins.

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by leblancd In reply to Policies and Procedures

There is an actual RFC (Request for Comments) reguarding this issue.
You can request a copy from the following address:
RFC-SERVER@ISI.EDU
.Internet Site Security Handbook
- 1st Line of TEXT = Retrieve: RFC
- 2nd Line of TEXT = Doc-ID: RFC1244
- for help - 1st line of TEXT = Help: Help - don't send a second line

You will get a 6 part reply in the form of the Site Security Handbook.
Its pretty extensive, and quite helpful. In any case, its a good starting point.

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by tim.both In reply to Policies and Procedures

I have found a series of books from Prentice Hall Publishing called "Information Systems Policies and Procedures Manual" They send out supplement publications to keep up to date. They cover a wide range of topics.

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