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Our Policies and Procedures for New Security Program Implementation

People Prime Worldwide introduces a new security program aimed at adhering to certain policies and procedures in order to reflect the level of maturity desired. We believe that the probability of effective risk management could be increased drastically with the successful implementation of these security programs.

At People Prime, our organization has zeroed upon a specific employee who is responsible for all activities related to security programs right from implementation to maintenance.

1. Acceptable Use Policy [AUP]

Understanding an AUP is all about the constraints and practices an employee using organizational IT assets who must commit in order to access to the corporate network or the internet. It is official onboarding policy for new joiners. They are given an AUP to go through and duly sign before being given a network ID. It is suggested that organizations IT, security, legal and HR departments detail what is present in this policy.

2. Access Control Policy [ACP]

The ACP streamlines the access provided to the employees in relation to an organization’s data and information systems. Few aspects that are actually included in the policy are access control standards such as NIST’s Access Control and Implementation Guides. Rest of the items mentioned in this policy are standards for user access, network access controls, operating system software controls and the difficulty of corporate passwords.

3. Change Management Policy

A change management policy focuses upon a formal process for bringing reforms in IT, software development and security services/operations. The intention of a change management program is to spread the awareness and perception of proposed changes across an organization, and to ensure that all changes are conducted methodically to restrict any severe impact on services and clients.

4. Information Security Policy

Latest information security policies in any organization are typically high-level policies that can take care of a large number of security controls. The principal information security policy is issued by the company to ensure that all employees who use information technology assets within the confinement of the organization, or its networks, comply with its stated rules and guidelines. In fact, organizations ask employees to sign this document to acknowledge that they have gone through it (which is generally done with the signing of the AUP policy).

5. Incident Response [IR] Policy

The exact manner in which a company will manage an incident and remediate the impact to operations is what it is all about the incident response policy. It’s the one policy CISOs hope to never have to use. In all probability, the goal of this policy is to highlight the process of handling an incident in direct relation to limiting the damage to business operations, customers and reducing recovery time and costs.

6. Remote Access Policy

The remote access policy is a document which reflects and explains acceptable methods of remotely connecting to an organization's internal networks in detail. It can also be considered that this policy include addendums with rules for the use of BYOD assets. This policy is a necessity for organizations that have dispersed networks with the ability to extend into insecure network spots, like the local coffee house or unmanaged home networks.

7. Email / Communication Policy

An organization’s email policy is a document that is chosen to formally outline how employees can use the business’ predefined electronic communication medium. It can be understood that this policy includes emails, blogs, social media and chat technologies. The ultimate goal of this policy is to set guidelines to employees on what is referred to as the acceptable and unacceptable use of any corporate communication technology.

8. Disaster Recovery Policy

Proactive prevention of insecurity is one of the vital aspects organizations must consider. In fact, an organization’s disaster recovery plan will usually include both cyber security and IT teams’ input and will be processed as part of the strategic business continuity plan. The CISO and teams will take care of an incident through the incident response policy. If the event has a major business impact, the Business Continuity Plan will be activated.

9. Business Continuity Plan

The Business Continuity Plan [BCP] will radiate upon the efforts across the organization and will rely upon the disaster recovery plan to restore hardware, applications and data deemed essential for business continuity. BCPs are different from each other and applied to every business because they elaborate how the organization will operate in an emergency. Alternatively, the strengths of an organization would be put to test during this plan.

10. Strategic Security Plan

Effective security coverage given to the organizational infrastructure determines the stability with which organizations will operate in the future. Devising a master plan to implementing the same is the most critical phases of this plan. Numerous issues are experienced in case this plan not implemented properly. Some of the common issues that are bothersome to the core are delays in project delivery, terrible security implementation, and maximized operational costs.

"Emerging organizations are set to prosper only when all the above 10 security policies are implemented in tandem."

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