Cyber Security Policies, Procedures, Checklists & Guidelines

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Put simply, every mature organisation should have a set of documented policies and procedures that clearly identify the rules and standards for protecting information and data assets. The information security policies and procedures provide clarity to employees, clients, investors and the Board regarding the protective, detective and preventative controls in place to manage information security risks.

How can Gridware assist?

We thrive on ensuring that organisations have the right cybersecurity policies and procedures required to keep growing smoothly. That’s why we specialise in building and creating these policies from the bottom up, helping you achieve an improved security posture within weeks.

Our Policy and Procedure development lifecycle:

Your organisation should have process and policies in place to ensure that regular audits, security reviews and vulnerability analysis activities are performed to assist in avoiding security degradation over time as the information technology and threat environment evolves. We help bring you up to date with policies and procedures that are appropriate for your company size, structure and maturity.

  • 1. Information Gathering

Undertake a series of interviews to determine your current state in terms of documentation of risks, controls, procedures and operating environment. This information forms the basis for the following stage.

  • 2. Policy & Procedure Development
We work with your team to create a set of documentation that outlines your organisations needs, ensures compliance with regulation or other contractual requirements.
  • 3. Align to ISO 27001 or Other Standards

We will reference the policies and procedures to ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems, ASD Essential 8 or other standards applicable to your industry.

  • 4. Document Review

Ensure that your Line 2 equivalent has the opportunity to review the policies and procedures to align with your business strategy and objectives.

  • 5. Document Publication & Implementation
The final stage of the process involves receiving the appropriate sign off and approval for the publication and communication of the policies. We also support the implementation of the controls.
  • 6. Continual Improvement
Use valuable analytics of training, incidents and audits to determine the control effectiveness score for various policies requirements, and improve were necessary for future use.

Urgent Cybersecurity Policy Development Services

While mature security controls such as antivirus, encryption and password management are key to mitigating risks, it is important to have well written policies and procedures to helps guide your employees, auditors or your vendors in assessing your cyber risk profile.

Our local team of ISO 27001 Lead Auditors can help you develop the correct policies and procedures you need.

Contact us today if you are in need of urgent services in this space.

Benefits to Senior Management and Board

Independently verify your company’s security appetite and exposure.

Mitigate risks and incorporate recommendations into your cyber security program

Ensure compliance with international standards ISO 27001, PCI DSS and NIST

Avoid costly data breaches, fines and reputational damage of non-compliance with legislation

Promote best-practice information security culture in your company

Secure client and customer information

Policy Development FAQs

It is possible to write your own cybersecurity policies without an external service provider, however, having a consultant such as Gridware assist with the development of your cybersecurity policies will ensure the process is faster and more streamline. The other benefit to keep in mind is the requirements of industry standards should you require an independent audit, or should you wish to seek certification in the future.

If you obtain certification for your Information Security Management System (ISMS) with a certifying body, then generally you should conduct an internal audit or spot check of your policies, processes and procedures once every 6-12 months and complete a comprehensive audit every 2 years. This is because of the fast paced and changing nature of technology in enterprise and the evolving risks that apply to handling customer, employee and sensitive information.

Not necessarily. To become ISO27001 certified, you require a certifying body such as SAI GlobalBSI or PECB to certify that your ISMS meets the requirements of the ISO27001. You can still create and maintain the documentation without the need to be certified.

An ISMS is an Information Security Management System, a set of documents, procedures and guidelines created to create a compliance framework aligned with the requirements of ISO27001. In simple terms, it means having a set of policies, procedures and processes which align with the objectives and scope of the ISO27001 as it is relevant to your organisation. That means it’s not just an IT policy, but also key business processes, controls, audit procedures as well as principles such as commitment by senior management for continual improvement. The full list of compliance obligations required to have an ISMS will depend on the nature, size and risk appetite of your organisation.

Not necessarily. ISMS is based on the ISO27001 standard which relates to Information Security. Whilst some components relate to Information Technology Security Techniques, the scope of the ISO27001 includes many other aspects such as knowledge, words, concepts, ideas and brands. Generally speaking, an organisations most valuable asset is information that belongs to the business. Therefore, any medium where this information is used, captured, stored or managed will fall under the scope of an ISMS.

The ISO/IEC 27001, 27002 and all other published international standards must be purchased directly from the ISO store  or other reputable publisher.

Implementing an ISMS is a project taking into consideration all the compliance requirements of the ISO27001, and meeting those requirements in your organisation. Clauses 4-10 of the ISO27001 relating to the organisations context and scope, leadership and commitment, planning to address risk, support and awareness, operational planning, risk assessments, performance evaluation and continual improvement are all mandatory components of an ISMS. Once these requirements are met in the form of documentation, you should in conjunction conduct a risk assessment of your information security. Relevant controls from Annexure A of the ISO can be used as guide to assist the organisation with implementing best practice controls.

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