IT Policy Creation
Assessment & Management

IT Policy Creation, Assessment & Management

Crafting policies can be a daunting task, even in the smallest environments. Knowing where to start with policy creation can be confusing and the manpower needed to write them from scratch is costly. Companies that must meet multiple sets of regulatory standards face an even larger task ensuring that their policies meet the needs of third party accreditors as well as internal compliance requirements.

Without IT policies in place, plans for policy maintenance and ongoing training, your IT team is just operating on their best guess about what compliance looks like, who should have access and permissions, what is zero-tolerance SOP, and how it all changes depending on organizational developments.

What are IT Policies and Procedures?

Policies are the foundation of all IT, security and compliance environments. Policies are written documentation outlining the standards, rules and practices that an IT team must meet. Without IT Policies, your IT team is just operating on their best guess of what is compliant, what is correct and what is allowed by company management.

IT Policies are typically a set of documents, written specifically for a particular company and environment that are agreed on by IT, management, legal and compliance departments. A typical IT team can have upwards of 40-50 policies outlining things like network security standards, employee access controls, risk management practices, mobile device management, server security standards, physical access controls and data security standards.

Why do I need Policies?

Policies define the company standards for things like, who can connect their phone to the company wifi, who can have access to places like server rooms or document storage areas, and what types of encryption are required when moving sensitive data between business partners. Without standards like these, employees and processes have free reign over the IT environment and by extension the security of your company data.

Policies and procedures can also be required by law, depending on your industry. For example, HIPAA covered companies, such as medical service providers and physicians offices, must maintain a set of IT Security and Privacy policies to meet compliance with HIPAA and safeguard their sensitive patient data.