With cybersecurity being one of the most critical business concerns for companies of all sizes and in all sectors, a business’s security policy must protect against all intangibles. It must be able to crystallize a corporate philosophy, culture, and attitude to risk into measurable and enforceable action statements, procedures and processes.

The scope and content of an effective security policy will vary according to the type of the business, but there is one constant. Whatever the size of an organization, a security policy can’t just be a list of products but must be a living document. To constantly ensure that a business’s security policy meets the evolving and changing and requirements of an underlying business, a company’s security policies must be scalable and compliant.

Important issues a security policy must address:

  • Physical and location security
  • Acceptable Employee Web conduct
  • Responsibility for security upgrades, backups and maintenance
  • How Security incidents will be responded to and addressed
  • Who should be contacted in case of an emergency for business continuity
  • BYOD, system patching, or employee termination procedures
  • Encryption and Email Usage

Here are some specific documents we recommend and are currently available in our Partner Portal:

  • Access Control Policy – ISO 27001*
  • Communications Security Policy
  • Email Use Policy – ISO 27001*
  • Encryption Policy
  • Human Resources Security Policy – ISO 27001
  • Incident Management Policy
  • Information Security Governance
  • Information Security Policy
  • Internet Use Policy
  • IT Asset Management Policy – ISO 27001*
  • Partner Policies
  • Operations Security Policy
  • Physical & Environmental Security
  • Process & Procedure – Privilege Access Request (PAR)
  • Process & Procedure – Security Access Review (SAR) Process
  • System Acquisition & Development Policy
  • Third-party Security Policy

We’ve made the Access Control Policy – ISO 2700, Email Use Policy – ISO 27001, and IT Asset Management Policy – ISO 27001 available for free download. To request your copies, simply submit your information below:

The Major Benefits of a Comprehensive Policy:

  1. Enhances a company’s overall security posture
  2. Prepares for compliance and auditing requirements
  3. Increases operational efficiency
  4. Increases accountability to stakeholders and users
  5. Creates a solid strategy for effective communication and enforcement of policies

In Conclusion

With today’s sophisticated threat environment and the recent breaches driving daily headlines, most MSPs understand their clients need proactive security protection. They need policies in place that enforce procedures as well as processes that will keep their clients safe and secure. Yes, every business is different, but most issues remain constant. That is why it is imperative to assess a company for any current security risks or compliance issues. Are employees regularly changing passwords? What is their standard operating procedure in case of a cyber attack? Are their risk management operations running smoothly?

The cybersecurity professionals at Vijilan are at the ready to help you and your clients stay safe…with a robust security policy built to last. Our MSP clients rely on us to keep risks low and efficiency high, and we can help you develop a security policy that meets these needs in your own organization.


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