Regardless of size, all businesses that use IT or online services should have a suite of sensible policies that support their operation in safe working. It doesn’t even have to be a formal policy document, you simply need to choose the means and degree of formality that is right for your circumstances, as long as everyone who works for your business understands its key points.
There is an excellent analysis of how different types and sizes of businesses need different security structures in a guide for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Regardless of how you document and distribute your policy, you need to think about how it will be used. A policy has three main functions:
- To tell people who don’t know what to do (and what not to do).
- To remind people who have forgotten or fallen into bad habits.
- To warn people what will happen if they don’t follow your policy.
Cyber crimes and data theft can negatively impact the reputation and development of businesses, leaving financial information, classified documents, employee data, and customer information unprotected. A suite of company cyber security policies helps clearly outline the guidelines for transferring company data, accessing private systems, and using company-issued devices. Ensure your business has the right security measures in place by creating and implementing a complete cyber security policy.
Below are our Policies & Guides, written by our senior team to help organisations and businesses get a better grasp on their Cyber Security state without spending money. If you do not already have a policy suite, then do feel free to re-use them. They should be the cornerstone of your Cyber Security Program and with them in place they will assist you in achieving Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.
They can be used to put in place that very first initial set if you do not already have them. Or, they can be used to tune your current existing systems, services and infrastructure to make better use of them in a more secure manner.