Developing a policy framework to support your cybersecurity program can seem daunting and is often left for last when prioritizing a 2-, 5- or even a 10-year roadmap. By creating a policy framework at the beginning of your roadmap, you lay the foundation for decision making that can be followed and referenced during the project lifetime and beyond.
A strong policy foundation will help facilitate the tracking, guidance, and enforcement of your cybersecurity program. Building a policy framework can be as simple as starting with one policy that encompasses the most important aspects of your cybersecurity infrastructure. The Center for Information Security (CIS) has a great template to use when starting this effort.
Check out this CIS example of a completed Information Security Policy, which can be used as a template by editing details to better reflect your organizational environment.
As you develop your program’s policy framework, be sure to…
- Build in requirements for annual reviews (at minimum) to ensure your policies are adapting to organizational changes and technological advancements.
- Also consider that as your policies mature, it may be necessary to document supplemental processes, standards, guidelines, etc., to fully support your policies.
By creating a simple policy framework at the beginning of your roadmap, you create the guidance necessary for configuring tools, training employees, protecting data, and more. Having a policy framework already available, lets you build out your program to match your policy, instead of trapping yourself into writing policy based on your program after it is implemented.
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