Internal and external auditors, senior management, clients and regulators expect you to maintain, enforce and communicate strong security policies. These policies must document how you safeguard key information and systems that support your business. Yet the structure, language, and specifics to be included in each policy are not clear.
How long or detailed should the policies be, and how can you enforce the principles documented in them? How can resistance be avoided, and adoption assured? What do my auditors, clients, and partners expect?
Send the right message - relevant, enforceable, auditable policies.
We build policies and procedures based on four main inputs:
Business objectives and organizational culture (your business profile)
Current state of security and organizational plans (your security posture)
Existing threats, risks and regulatory requirements (your risk profile)
Controls in place (your enforcement capabilities)
Strata supports organizations in creating an effective policy framework. The framework conveys to the entire organization, clients and auditors that senior management considers information security and risk management key elements for sustained competitive advantage.
More than writing documents that could be quickly ignored by the organization, when we develop or enhance your policies we include the following components:
Security framework (connecting inter-related policies, standards and other governance elements)
Supporting processes, procedures, guidelines
Implementation aspects (policy ownership and sponsorship, communications, institutionalization, operations)
Gap assessment of existing capabilities against policy statements
Compliance dashboard and executive reporting - monitoring compliance with policies
Mapping of framework components with industry practices and audit standards - evolving as the industry evolves
Performance monitoring elements (Metrics, Key Performance Indicators) - measuring and adjusting over time
Governance elements (Accountability, Responsibilities, RACI matrices, exception handling, violations) - demonstrating due diligence
More than just documents resembling best practices, policies are formal statements reflecting how your organization protects its business information. Without the proper implementation steps with assistance from experienced professionals, they may be easily forgotten and will never become part of your culture. Time and dollars may be spent, and the whole exercise may be futile.
You can't afford to miss the critical points and publish the wrong policies to your audience. Do it right, the first time.
Contact us today to get started.