Computer networks can open an organization to a multitude of both internal and external threats
Computer networks can expose a business to a multitude of threats. Without clearly defined IT policies and procedures regarding the usage of company-issued computers and email, backups, Business Continuation Planning (BCP), and the disposal of IT equipment (so sensitive data is not left on it), the organization can be left vulnerable to a variety of serious threats.
Stay Protected with a Well-Defined IT Policy
Malware, malicious websites, cyber attacks, and fake social media surveys such as “What is your Elf Name? are designed to steal, corrupt, ransom, or destroy your information. They can install programs that allow unauthorized access to your network and its data and self-replicating “worms” to replicate files that can bring down the entire network.
Risks can be mitigated with a well thought out set of policies and procedures. As market and regulatory bodies evolve these demands will only become of greater importance.
A well thought out IT policy improves transparency and efficiency
A properly trained workforce will help prevent accidental breaches arising from lack of training and enforcement.
Proper enforcing IT policies and procedures helps reduce potential threats to a network and most importantly its data. A well-run network is a key part a well-run business
Characteristics of a good IT Policy
An IT policy “, like any other policy,” is only as effective as the level to which it is practiced within the organization. It needs to be flexible enough to accommodate your changing needs as requirements, capabilities, and environments evolve, while still achieving its primary job of protecting your assets from potential threats. It is also important for policies to be up-to-date so as to remain relevant.
An Acceptable Use Policy educates your employees about how they may safely use the company computer network, helping to prevent accidental breaches arising from lack of training and enforcement. We have included a sample policy for your review here. Because of the complexities of IT, you may wish to consult with professional IT firms for assistance.