Strengthening your cybersecurity policies

by admin February 1, 2022

Strengthening Your Cybersecurity Policies

Formulating strong IT policies and laying down the best practices for your staff to follow is one of the best ways to prevent your business from becoming a victim of cybercrime. In this blog, we explore the various areas your IT policy should ideally cover.

Passwords: Your IT policy should cover

  1. Rules regarding password setting
  2. Password best practices
  3. The implications of password sharing
  4. Corrective actions that will be taken in the event the password policy is not followed

Personal devices

  1. Rules regarding the usage of personal devices (BYOD) at work or for work purposes. Answer questions like, are all employees allowed to use personal devices for work or do you want to limit it to those handling less sensitive data, or to those higher in the corporate hierarchy as you assume they will need to have more availability for work outside typical business hours? Regardless, you should spell out the regulations that they must follow. For example, requiring a weekly or monthly check for malware and updates to anti-malware software, etc. Or better, put the systems under remote monitoring and management so systems are monitored for malware 24/7 just as your corporate devices are. If only certain kinds of devices, software or operating systems may be approved as presumed to be more secure, then that should be addressed in the policy.
  2. Discuss best practices and educate your employees on the risks related to connecting to open internet connections (free wifi) such as the ones offered at coffee shops or airports.

Cybersecurity measures

  1. Document the cybersecurity measures that you have in place for your business. This should include your digital measures such as the software you have deployed to keep malware out--like antivirus tools, firewalls, etc., and also the physical measures such as CCTV systems, biometric access controls, etc.
  2. Another example of a good practice is how you handle employee turnover. When someone leaves your organization or has changed positions, how is the access issue addressed? Spell out the rules and regulations regarding the removal of a user from the network, changing passwords, changing access, etc.

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