If there’s a sad truth about mankind, it’s that we don’t do very well with suggestions. We need
laws and speed limits. In business we call these policies, and they’re the only thing keeping your
digital environment from devolving into Mad Max-like lawlessness.
If that sounds overly dramatic, understand that breaches cost affected companies an average of
$3.92 million in 2019. That factors in everything from remediation costs, loss of business and
damage to your reputation. Just as with driving on the highway, implementing and enforcing
well-defined laws (policies) don’t just keep everyone safe, they make the reckless ones easier to
Here are four policies every company should have in place:
Acceptable Use Policy
This codifies who is allowed to use your company’s equipment and network, and what they’re
allowed to do with it. This should include hardware, mobile, applications, internet/Wi-Fi access,
and data usage.
Incident Response Policy
When a reasonably foreseeable event happens, these are the procedures your team takes to
respond. An effective policy is proactively planned and should include personnel, roles,
procedures for implementation and pre-testing.
Backup/Disaster Recovery Policy
Similar to the above, this needs to realistically account for your worst-case scenario. Make sure
to determine acceptable downtime and data loss, and plan for software/hardware recovery,
essential personnel and roles, backup systems, emergency contacts and a testing plan.
Lifecycle Management Policy
Staying on top of your assets’ lifecycles ensures your equipment is backed by the original
equipment manufacturer’s patches and updates. This should span procurement, deployment,
management and disposal.
If you need help with setting your security protocols, it’s best to consult an expert. DThree Technologies can help identify your needs, determine appropriate access and develop plans for
whatever might pop up. After all, offering a safe digital environment for everyone is the best
policy you can have.