Information Security Policies or also known as IT Security Policies, allow an organization's management team to implement administrative controls and ensure that standards are set for information security across the organization.
The minimum an IT data security policy should include
- Information Security Objectives
At a minimum the organization should be reviewing policies and procedures on a yearly basis and ensure changes or updates are performed. This will allow the organization to continue with adoption of new processes, security standards and laws.
Policies can also encompass procedures as long as the procedure is critical to the organization and will remain consistent.
Looking at the organization as a whole you need to look at the people, processes, and technology that encompass the organization. The policies are what guide the organization forward and the processes are what guide the employees within the organization to accomplish the desired procedures.
Most of the time the company will use technology to accomplish these goals. Thus you have People, Processes, and Technology at the heart of what the auditors will be measuring the controls against.
As a lead implementer for your SOC 2 program, you will need to set out and define what policies are needed for the organization.
Considerations for implementing an IT security policy
- Is the policy needed?
- Will it impact the organization?
- What is the desired outcome for the policy?
Approval of the internal security policy
Once a policy has been written it should be approved by the organization's key stakeholders. Also human resources will need to review the policy to ensure that it is acceptable and fair regarding laws and ethics. This should be the final stage before approval.