If there were ever a time to reinforce your IT security, it’s now. With the numerous business disruptions caused by the coronavirus, you may be feeling the effects of new and old security risks. Some issues may be unique to this particular business disruption, but others may be known issues that have been on the backburner for too long. 

Whether your existing policy needs an update, or you need to start from scratch, this collection of policies from TechRepublic Premium will make it easy to get started on a security improvement process.

Network security policy

There is a lot of ground to cover when you are responsible for securing a network, including workstations, laptops, servers, switches, routers, firewalls, mobile devices, and wireless access points. The scope grows even more when you add external remote systems and cloud services. This policy provides you with configuration guidelines, recommendations for physical and operating system security, and advice for procedures that will maintain security over time.

IT physical security policy

This policy sets guidelines governing access to your company’s IT assets: Hardware, software, and data. You’ll have a thorough list of physical security measures for server rooms as well as guidance on who should be able to access these spaces. The policy recommends the documentation to use for monitoring traffic in and out of the space. You’ll also find rules about what actions are prohibited in this area.

Risk management policy

A comprehensive risk management plan has a lot of moving parts, including users, systems, the network, data, remote, and cloud storage locations. The best policy considers all these individual components as well as how they interact. This policy covers all the bases from establishing the owner of the policy and her responsibilities to creating a list of company controls to recommending protective monitoring.

Security awareness and training policy

Training is an essential part of every security strategy. In some cases, users are the weakest link in the chain. IT and HR departments must have a policy that covers security awareness and training. Managers must reinforce these best practices and make sure team members understand how to interpret and apply the rules. This policy explains how to assign roles for developing the policy, how to develop training programs, and examples of security awareness that are helpful to users. Finally, you’ll find techniques for how to deliver relevant materials to employees.