Having a well-documented data security policy in place can help protect your employees, sensitive information and customers from security breaches. To develop a holistic policy, it is important to analyze all the areas that could be a potential threat.
USE THIS CHECKLIST TO ENSURE YOUR DATA SECURITY POLICY INCLUDES ALL THE KEY ELEMENTS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY
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✅SAFEGUARD DATA PRIVACY:
A password policy protects your company resources and limits access to authorized personnel. The guidelines should include password length, complexity and how often it needs to be changed.
An internet usage policy that defines best practices while accessing the internet, such as restricting employees from visiting certain sites or prohibiting unnecessary file downloads, will help set limitations and minimize security risks.
Companies often fall victim to data breaches due to employee negligence or email misuse. An email policy sets the expectation of how company information is disseminated internally and externally.
As the use of mobile devices for work gains momentum, it also opens the door to several security threats. Implementing a comprehensive policy will help mitigate the risks associated with data theft and stolen devices, and ensure the devices are used responsibly within the set guidelines.
✅PERSONAL EMPLOYEE DEVICES:
Unlike company-owned devices, it’s difficult to have complete control over personal devices. A security policy, such as accessing company resources only through a secure VPN, or installing an antivirus or mobile device management software, will set certain boundaries or limitations.
✅SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE:
Protecting your company’s reputation is critical not only within the workplace but outside as well. A social media policy will help regulate your employees’ online activities.
✅SOFTWARE USER AGREEMENTS:
Violating a software license agreement can lead to legal implications. A software user agreement policy will ensure your employees comply with the procedures regarding the appropriate use of company-owned software.
✅REPORTING SECURITY BREACHES:
Implementing a Security Incident Reporting policy is important to minimize negative impacts. Educate your employees on how to report real or suspected security breaches and what steps they need to take to prevent them from happening.