Disruption caused by breaches and the loss of critical data can cripple any company from big enterprises to SMBs.
Case in point: The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received a record 847,376 complaints in 2021, with potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion. Tallies for 2022 have not been released but, given escalating trends, these stats are likely to reach new highs.
How do you protect against financial losses from cybercrime? One solution is employee education. Teach your staff to become the frontline in today’s cyberwars. Security policies make great training tools toward this end because they contain the essential information you need to safeguard your organization.
Here are four essential policies that promote IT security education:
- Acceptable Use Policy—Also called an AUP, this agreement between employees and the company specifies the appropriate use of access to networks and the internet, clarifying what users may and may not do.
- Data Breach Response Policy—This document describes the process followed in the wake of an information security incident, including definitions of a breach and who is involved in the response.
- Disaster Recovery Plan Policy—This plan launches when operations must recover from the loss of IT capabilities, whether by natural or virtual catastrophes.
- Password Protection Policy—These rules guide creating, using and maintaining strong passwords.
Whether you draft policies yourself or use templates, we can help. We have a wide range of information security policies that we can customize for your organization. Give us a call for a consultation.